Gullen Range Wind Farm
Gullen Range Wind Farm is an operational wind farm in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, Australia. It is owned by New Gullen Range Wind Farm Pty Ltd (NGRWF). The wind farm consists of 73 turbines and produces 165.5MW of renewable power in ideal wind conditions.
On an average day it produces enough energy to power in excess of 70,000 average homes. By 2020, Gullen Range Wind Farm had saved 2.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional power generation.
Stretching from north to south, the wind farm measures 22km, approximately centred on the locality of Bannister, 11km South of Crookwell and 32km north west of Goulburn.
BJCE Australia is proud to be a founding signatory of the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Developments. The charter is a voluntary set of commitments to reflect our promise to develop and operate projects in a socially responsible way. The charter can be downloaded here.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information, or if you would like to provide feedback or lodge a complaint about the wind farm.
News item: 24/01/23: Next CCC meeting date announced
The next CCC meeting will be held in March from 5.30pm at the Crookwell CWA Rooms. For more information click here.
News item: 22/12/22: Merry Christmas from BJCE Australia
BJCE Australia wishes everybody a Merry Christmas. Thanks for your support throughout 2022. We’ve not been out in the community as much this year as we used to be before the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are looking forward to turning that around in 2023, with our wind farm tours and school visits planned to recommence.
Our office will be closing for the festive season from December 23rd until January 3rd.
Our 1800 lines and info email addresses will be monitored as normal, but we will only respond to urgent messages during this time. As a reminder, at any time of year, if there is an emergency relating to the wind farm, please call 000.
News item: 16/12/2022: December Community Newsletter
December 2022 Community Update is now available to read and download here.
News item: 13/12/2022: BJCE supports Meals on Wheels 2022 Christmas Hamper drive
BJCE is proud to contribute to Crookwell Meals on Wheels 2022 Christmas Hamper drive. 20 residents will receive a Christmas hamper filled with delicious goodies from Crookwell IGA. Meals on Wheels President, Greg Seaman said, “Crookwell Meals on Wheels is extremely thankful for the support received over the years from the Biala Wind Farm, our clients look forward to receiving their Christmas Hampers each year on Christmas Eve.”
News item: 07/12/2022: BJCE Australia sponsors 2022 Binda Community Carols
BJCE Australia is delighted to return as a sponsor of the 2022 Binda Community Carols. A not-for-profit event run by the Anglican Parish of Binda, the Carols will be held this Saturday, 10 November, in Binda. BJCE Australia wishes the residents of Binda and surrounds a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
News item: 06/12/2022: Applications for the Clean Energy Program closing soon
Applications for the next round of the Clean Energy Program close on Wednesday 22 December. The Program provides financial contributions to support the installation of clean energy improvements to eligible properties within 5km of the wind farm. More information is available under the community and grants section.
News item: 11/11/2022: Powerful Owl Update
Gullen Range Wind Farm prepares an Annual Environmental Management Report every year for the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment (DPIE). While preparing the 2021 report, BJCE became aware of errors in the automatic control system for Powerful Owl restrictions which had failed to shut down wind turbines as required. Gullen Range Wind Farm proactively advised the DPIE of this error and implemented measures to prevent this error from reoccurring in the future. The DPIE has issued the wind farm operator, Goldwind Australia, with a fine for non-compliance. BJCE, owner of Gullen Range Wind Farm, has since made a donation to WIRES. For more information please visit https://bit.ly/3O5v5QJ.
To read and download BJCE’s quarterly community newsletters click here.
The latest round of funding for the Clean Energy Program closes on Thursday 22 September. Under the program, eligible local residents living within 5km of the wind farm can apply for grants to support the installation of clean energy improvements to their properties. More information is available under the community and grants section.
Five projects at popular venues in the Upper Lachlan Shire will be the latest to benefit from Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Community Fund.
Wind farm owner BJCE Australia will contribute $70,000 to the fund this year. With more than $30,000 carried over from last year, a sizeable sum was on offer for local not-for-profit groups to share.
From eight applications, these five groups were successful this time round:
- Crookwell District Tennis Association for a project to improve the well-used courts
- Grabben Gullen Hall for plans to install a new path to improve disabled access
- Breadalbane Hall for new doors to improve access
- Bannister District Hall for new gates to boost child safety
- Pat Cullen Reserve – recommended for partial funding for additional picnic shelters
Work to replace components in four turbines has been completed. Thank you to our neighbours for their patience during this work.
The latest round of funding for the Clean Energy Program closes on Wednesday 22 June. Under the program, eligible local residents living within 5km of the wind farm can apply for grants to support the installation of clean energy improvements to their properties. More information is available under the community and grants section.
A crane is scheduled to arrive on site next week to enable us to replace essential components at four turbines. This is expected to involve work outside normal hours, including weekends. Depending on the weather we expect this to take up to five weeks to complete.
Applications for the next round of the Clean Energy Program will close on Tuesday 22 March. The Program provides financial contributions to support the installation of clean energy improvements to eligible properties within 5km of the wind farm. More information is available under the community and grants section.
March 2022 Quarterly Community Update now available to read and download here.
Not-for-profit groups within 10km of the turbines can now submit applications to the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund.
Around $100,000 is available for community organisations to share this year. The closing date is Friday 1 April.
Guidelines and an application form can be found at Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s website.
December 2021 Quarterly Community Update now available to read and download here.
Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm would like to wish you a safe, merry Christmas and a happy new year. During the festive period, our office will be closed from 24 December to 4 January inclusive. You can still contact us but we will respond to your emails and letters after we return. If you need more immediate assistance, please phone our toll-free number on 1800 509 711 (leave a message and we’ll call you back). If there is an emergency, please dial 000.
Applications for the next round of the Clean Energy Program will close on Wednesday 22 December. The Program provides financial contributions to support the installation of clean energy improvements to eligible properties within 5km of the wind farm. More information is available under the community and grants section.
The next meeting of the project’s Community Consultative Committee will be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 December at the Crookwell CWA meeting rooms.
October 2021 Quarterly Community Update now available to read and download here.
Turbine blades will not be rotating for much of today due to planned TransGrid maintenance. We expect the wind farm to return to full operations this evening.
Applications for the latest funding round of the wind farm’s Clean Energy Program are open. Properties within 5km of the wind can benefit from grants for insulation or solar panels.
More information and an application form are available. Applications close on Wednesday, 22 September.
Turbines have been switched off at the wind farm today to allow new data systems to be installed and tested.
We expect the wind farm to be fully operational again over the weekend.
Three local organisations are the latest to benefit from the wind farm’s Community Fund.
Crookwell Rugby Club won support from the committee, made up of local people alongside Upper Lachlan Council representatives, for their project to repair the commentary box at the town’s Memorial Oval.
Crookwell Lions Club will put the money towards two shipping containers to help store the club’s vital fundraising equipment in one convenient location.
Support from the fund will also allow Bannister District Hall Association to continue their program of renovation to upgrade the hall.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney we have limited access to our mailbox to retrieve posted items.
If you have Clean Energy Program forms or any other material to send, please email us at [email protected]
You can also call us on 1800 509711. We hope to be back in the office soon.
The CCC meeting scheduled for Wednesday 23rd of June has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. For more information, please click here.
Turbines will not be spinning for much of this Friday, due to routine maintenance at the high voltage substation. We anticipate the wind farm to be operational again from about 4pm on Friday.
Upper Lachlan students found out more about career opportunities in the fast-growing renewable energy sector today.
Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Community Engagement Officer Dr Isabel Nelson dropped into Crookwell High School as part of the STEM Industry School Partnership Program.
Isabel talked about the wide range of potential careers on offer, explained the technology that drives the renewables industry and how STEM skills learned in the classroom are linked to real world uses, such as developing and operating clean power generators.
Crookwell High School students were joined by youngsters from Binda, Bigga, Laggan and Crookwell Public Schools and also showcased their problem-solving skills by designing and building catapults and dragsters using only material provided.
Isabel reported that she was extremely impressed with the creative thinking on display.
BJCE Australia is proud to have been an Industry Partner for the SISP program since it started in 2018. We were thrilled to be able to return to the classroom and are looking forward to our next visit.
Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close on Tuesday, 22 June. The Clean Energy Program provides grants towards implementing clean energy improvements in the community. If your property is within 5km of the wind farm, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to install solar panels, solar hot water, wall insulation or double glazed windows on your house. To find out more, click here or contact us.
Turbine blades will not be spinning on Wednesday 19 May, due to planned maintenance work at the high voltage substation. Normal service should be resumed on Thursday 20 May and we do not expect our neighbours to be affected.
The next CCC meeting will be held on Wednesday, 23rd June 2021 from 5.30pm at the Crookwell CWA Rooms. For more information click here.
BJCE’s Gullen Range Wind Farm is delighted to be a long-term supporter of the Crookwell Junior Green Devils. Under a partnership which commenced in 2019, Gullen Range Wind Farm is one of the major sponsors of Crookwell Junior Green Devils Rugby League Club. In 2020, the rugby league season was suspended due to COVID-19. Training for the 2021 season is now underway. BJCE wishes the Junior Green Devils all the best for their games, which will hopefully deliver a 2021 season win for Crookwell. The 2021 season will start later this month.
Every year the Rose Tournament competition showcases some of the best bowlers in the State and 2021 was no exception. Gullen Range Wind Farm was proud to be a major sponsor of the February tournament at the Goulburn Railway Bowling Club for the fifth consecutive year. Simon Zhao from Gullen Range was honoured to attend the award ceremony and present a number of trophies in both men and women events. The winners of the women’s event were from Bomaderry, the runners up and third placegetters were both teams from Merrylands. The winners in the men’s event was a combined team from Goulburn and Bargo and the runners up, and third placegetters were teams from Sydney. Well done to all the winners! BJCE Australia’s Gullen Range Wind Farm congratulates Goulburn Railway Bowling Club for delivering a very successful event.
Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close on Monday, 22nd March. The Clean Energy Program provides grants towards implementing clean energy improvements in the community. If your property is within 5km of the wind farm, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to install solar panels, solar hot water, wall insulation or double glazed windows on your house. To find out more, click here or contact us.
The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 31st March 2021 from 5.30pm at the Crookwell CWA Rooms. For more information click here.