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.
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.
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.
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.
Please be advised our email service is now restored. You may contact us via [email protected]
The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th January, 5pm till 7pm. More details here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August Community Update now available to read and download here.
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.
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.
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.
July Community Update now available to read and download here.