Biala Wind Farm

The proposed Biala wind farm is a 31 turbine wind farm located approximately 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 100MW 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 mid 2018 with electricity being generated in the second quarter of 2019.

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.

 

News

The latest wind farm news is below. You can view archive news here and download our newsletters here.

News Update 13/12/2018:Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) meeting date announced.

The second public meeting for the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) to determine the Transmission Line Development Approval has now been announced on the Planning Panels website. The hearing will take place at 1:30pm on the 17th January 2019 at the Goulburn Mulwaree Council Chambers in Goulburn.

The first public meeting took place on 14th March 2018, the decision was deferred and the JRPP requested more information from BJCE Australia. Since then we have submitted additional information which was reviewed by Upper Lachlan Shire Council who then submitted a supplementary assessment report to the JRPP. Following this, the JRPP requested the NSW Department of Planning and Environment arrange a peer review to further clarify some points.

You can visit the Planning Panel’s website for more information by clicking here.

If approved, the proposed underground line will transmit the electricity generated by Biala Wind Farm across to our existing substation Gullen Range Wind Farm, where it will be placed onto the electricity grid. We will continue to keep you updated.

 

News Update 13/12/2018:BJCE Australia spend the morning with Hon. Angus Taylor, MP, Minister for Energy and Member for Hume. 

BJCE Australia’s General Manager, Weiwei Shi, and Deputy General Manager, Derek Powell, were privileged to meet with the Hon. Angus Taylor, MP, Minister for Energy and Member for Hume, in Canberra last week. Discussion focused on Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm and the proposed Biala Wind Farm project, both located in the Hume electorate.

BJCE Australia would like to thank Mr Taylor for his time and for sharing his views on local issues and the energy market with Weiwei and Derek.

 

News Update 10/12/2018:TV Signal Survey Update

The Biala Wind Farm Conditions of Consent require us to correct any disruptions to television broadcasting services in the area which are impacted by the development. This month, an independent specialist consultant will undertake a digital TV signal survey of the greater Grabben Gullen area to determine the existing condition of the signal and the direction the signal comes from.

 

News Update 6/12/2018:November Community Newsletter

November Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News Update 6/12/2018: BJCE Australia presents award at the Crookwell Public School Presentation Night 

On Friday 30th November, Simon Zhao presented an award at the Crookwell Public School Presentation Night. Gullen Range Wind Farm also donated $100.00 for the award. Well done to all of the students who attended.

 

News Update 28/11/2018:Email service is now restored.

Please be advised our email service is now restored. You may contact us via [email protected]

 

News Update 22/11/2018:Next CCC meeting date announced

The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th January, 5pm till 7pm. More details here.

 

News Update 12/11/2018:Met Mast modification approved. 

NSW Department of Planning & Environment have approved our minor modification to Development Application to allow four meteorological masts to be erected instead of the three previously planned. The masts are used to verify the turbines are producing the power they are supposed to. We don’t plan to erect the masts until we know the outcome of our development application for the transmission line.

 

News Update 09/11/2018:Key management plans approved for Biala Wind Farm. 

Four key Management Plans have been approved by the Department of Planning and Environment for Biala Wind Farm. BJCE Australia is committed to delivering the project under the requirements set out in each plan. The four plans include: Environmental Management Strategy, Traffic Management Plan (Stage 1) Biodiversity Management Plan and Heritage Management Plan.

 

News Update 01/11/2018:CCC meeting date announced 

The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 13 November 2018, from 12noon – 2pm at the Gunning Council Chambers.

News Update 30/10/2018:October Community Newsletter

October Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News Update 28/10/2018:National Wind Farm Open Day

BJCE Australia is proud to have participated in the Clean Energy Council National Wind Farm Open Day on Sunday 21st of October.

 

News Update 15/10/2018:September Community Newsletter

October Community newsletter is now available to read and download here.

 

News Update 28/09/2018:Minor Wind Farm DA Modification

As discussed at the last CCC meeting, we need to install 4 met masts in order to collect wind data and assess the performance of the wind farm. These masts need to be erected for a number of months before the turbines are erected. We can only erect these masts after we have an approved DA for the Transmission Line. Our wind farm EIS only discussed 3 met masts for the development. Given we need 4 masts for performance testing, we have submitted a minor modification to DP&E for a fourth met mast. The modification has not been determined yet however we would expect it to be determined in the next 2 weeks.

 

News Update 10/09/2018:Crookwell Green Devils secure 2018 George Tooke Shield in grand final victory 

The Crookwell Green Devils defeated North Canberra Bears 22 – 16 to become the Premiers of the 2018 George Tooke Shield. Congratulations boys! BJCE Australia has been a proud sponsor of the Crookwell Devils for the last three years with Gullen Range Wind Farm and Biala Wind Farm.

 

News Update 7/09/2018:Biala Community Consultation Meeting No.8 is deferred

The Biala Community Consultation Meeting No.8 has been deferred. The original meeting was to be held on Tuesday 11th of September but will now be postponed until a new date is set.

 

News Update 6/09/2018:Biala Wind Farm attends Grabben Gullen Community Progress Association meeting. 

Biala Wind Farm attended the monthly community meeting last night to discuss local topics and gather feedback about our project.

 

News Update 2/09/2018:Biala Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee Meeting

Biala Wind Farm CCC Meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th of September at 12pm – 2pm at the Gunning Council Chambers.

 

News Update 2/09/2018:Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm will open it’s gate on Sunday 21st of October 2018 for National Wind Farm Open Day

This FREE tour at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia’s clean energy future.

The tour has sold out – you can register on our waitlist via link.

 

 

News Update 30/08/2018:August Community Newsletter

August Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News Update 14/08/2018:Biala Wind Farm teams up with Crookwell Neighbourbood Centre Inc to raise funds for the community

On Saturday 28th of July, Biala Wind Farm and Crookwell Neighbourhood Centre hosted an information stand and fundraising BBQ outside the Crookwell IGA. This initiative followed the project information stand held at the Crookwell Devil’s home game.

 

News Update 1/08/2018:BJCE Australia recognised for excellence in the Clean Energy Council Annual Awards

BJCE Australia was acknowledged as one of only three finalists for the 2018 Business Community Engagement Award for their co-located Gullen Range Wind Farm Clean Energy Program.

 

News Update 31/07/2018:Clean Energy Council’s launches their Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Development

BJCE Australia is delighted 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 that reflects our commitment to advance and develop projects in a socially responsible way. It demonstrates our commitment to engaging respectfully with the communities in which we plan and operate projects, being sensitive to environmental and cultural values, and making a positive contribution to the regions in which we operate.

 

News Update 27/07/2018:July Community Newsletter

July Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News Update 17/07/2018:Biala Wind Farm roars for Crookwell Devils rugby league teams on Sunday! 

 

News Update 12/07/2018:BJCE Australia announced as a finalist in the 2018 Clean Energy Council Awards.

 

News Update 3/07/2018:Biala Wind Farm Voluntary Planning Agreement now on public display.