Biala Wind Farm
The proposed Biala wind farm is a 31 turbine wind farm located approximately 6km south of Grabben Gullen on Grabben Gullen Road, 8km east of Biala and 14.5km south west of Crookwell in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. The planned wind farm is 100% owned by Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (Australia) Holding Pty Ltd (BJCE Australia) who own the nearby 73 turbine Gullen Range Wind Farm and 10MW Gullen Solar Farm.
The Biala wind farm is expected to have an installed capacity of approximately 110MW producing enough electricity for approximately 46,000 typical homes on an average day of wind.
BJCE Australia intends to begin construction of the wind farm in 2019 with electricity being generated in the first quarter of 2020.
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 proposed wind farm.
January Community Update now available to read and download here.
The next CCC meeting will be held in May 2019, date is TBC. For more information click here.
The Development Approval (DA) for the Biala Wind Farm Transmission Line connection has now been issued by Upper Lachlan Shire Council. The Southern Regional Planning Panel held a public meeting on 17th January and determined to approve the DA subject to conditions. You can view the DA and the conditions of consent here and find out more information about the Southern Regional Planning Panel on the Planning Panel’s website here.
The proposed 12km transmission line will transmit the electricity generated from Biala Wind Farm across to our existing substation at Gullen Range Wind Farm, where it will be placed on to the electricity grid. In order to minimise environmental impacts, the existing substation at Gullen Range Wind Farm will be used and the transmission line will be placed underground. A minor extension to the existing Gullen Range substation will be constructed.
We appreciate the efforts of the Council, Southern Regional Planning Panel and all the people who attended the public meeting. Our team is currently updating our timeline for the construction of the wind farm. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. You can contact us here.
News Update: 01/02/2019: Met mast installation to commence this week.
As noted in our previous monthly newsletters, we will be installing four met masts at Biala Wind Farm in order to assist with performance testing of the turbines. Installation will begin this week and is expected to be completed by the end of February.
BJCE Australia is investing in renewable energy as well as in the future of young Australians, through its educational initiatives and interactive tours for local school and university students.
Well-known for being Australia’s first co-located project, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm (GRWSF), is also becoming recognised as a hub for ideas and creativity. During 2018, BJCE Australia hosted 5 local schools including Crookwell, Laggan, Binda and Bigga Public Schools and Crookwell High School. Read more here.
As noted in our news update on 13th December 2018, the second public meeting for the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) to determine the Transmission Line Development Approval will take place at 1.30pm on 17th January 2019 at the Goulburn Mulwaree Council Chambers in Goulburn.
NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s peer review of the Council’s supplementary assessment report to the JRPP is now available on the JRPP’s website. You can visit the Planning Panel’s website to view the peer review and further information on the proposed development by clicking here.
If approved, the proposed underground line will transmit the electricity generated by Biala Wind Farm across to our existing substation at Gullen Range Wind Farm, where it will be placed onto the electricity grid. We will continue to keep you updated.
December Community Update now available to read and download here.