February 14th, 2019
BJCE Australia supports 141st Crookwell Show
BJCE Australia attended the annual Crookwell Show with an information stand and a face painter last weekend. The stand provided a face-to-face opportunity for the local community to discuss renewable energy and ask questions about the local wind farm projects. Local children enjoyed having their faces painted by Rainbow Faces with proceeds being donated back to the Grabben Gullen community.
February 12th, 2019
January community newsletter
January Community Update now available to read and download here.
February 5th, 2019
Next CCC meeting date announced
The next CCC meeting will be held in May 2019, date is TBC. For more information click here.
February 4th, 2019
Biala Wind Farm Underground Transmission Line approved
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.
February 1st, 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.
January 14, 2019
BJCE Australia helping to inspire the next STEM generation.
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.
January 11, 2019
Reminder: Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) meeting next Thursday, 17th January 2019
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 24, 2018
December Community Newsletter.
December Community Update now available to read and download here.
December 20, 2018
GRWF shares in success of local project.
BJCE Australia was invited to attend the opening of the new toilet block and storage facility at Clifton Park in Crookwell on Monday 17th of December. The new facility was opened by the Hon. Angus Taylor, MP, Minister for Energy and Member for Hume.
Clifton Park is a fantastic new sports park for the community and BJCE Australia is very proud to have been able to fund this new facility. The Lions Club of Crookwell applied for a grant for this project through the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund. Since the wind farm commenced operation in 2014, more than $280,000 has been committed to funding local community projects.
While financial support such as ours can enable local towns to thrive, projects like these cannot happen without the hard work of community members, other valuable stakeholders and local suppliers. We would like to thank everyone involved including Upper Lachlan Shire Council as well as other financial contributors such as Veolia – Australia’s first waste to energy facility operator and the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program. Thank you for letting us share in the success of this local project.
December 13, 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.
December 13, 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.
December 10, 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.
December 6, 2018
November Community Newsletter
November Community Update now available to read and download here.
December 6, 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.
November 28, 2018
Email service is now restored.
Please be advised our email service is now restored. You may contact us via [email protected]
November 22, 2018
Next CCC meeting date announced
The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th January, 5pm till 7pm. More details here.
November 12, 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.
November 09, 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.
The four plans are:
- Environmental Management Strategy – required under condition S4.1 of the wind farm development approval. This plan provides a framework for environmental management of the development and describes the roles and responsibilities of key personnel involved. It includes description of the monitoring and reporting obligations and outlines a plan for how these will be carried out in relation to the development.
- Traffic Management Plan – Condition S2.15 of the wind farm development approval allows us to submit plans in stages. Condition S3.28 requires a Traffic Management Plan to be in place. This Traffic Management Plan will be submitted in two stages. The first stage covers all of the traffic associated with construction of the civil and electrical works for the wind farm. The second stage relates to the delivery of the wind turbine components. We have received approval for the first stage of the Traffic Management Plan. The second stage is due to be submitted soon.
- Biodiversity Management Plan – required under condition S3.20 of the wind farm development approval. This plan has been prepared in consultation with the Office of Heritage and Environment and outlines measures that will be implemented to manage the impact to vegetation communities and key fauna habitat within the project site. It also includes a detailed program for monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of these measures.
- Heritage Management Plan – required under condition S3.23 of the wind farm development approval. This plan has been prepared in consultation with Aboriginal stakeholder groups and the Office of Heritage and Environment. It presents key information from archaeological and heritage surveys which were performed on the project site, and outlines measures that will be implemented to minimise and manage the impacts on areas of significance. The programme for monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of these measures throughout the development is also outlined within this plan.
The plans can be downloaded here and the wind farm development approval here. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have on these plans. Use the details on the Contact Us page of our website to reach us.
November 1, 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.
October 30, 2018
October Community Newsletter
October Community Update now available to read and download here.
October 24, 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.
October 15, 2018
September Community Newsletter
September Community newsletter is now available to read and download here.
September 28, 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.
The details of our submission can be found on the planning website.
September 10, 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.
September 7, 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.
September 6, 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.
September 2, 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.
September 2, 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.
August 30, 2018
August Community Newsletter
August Community Update now available to read and download here.
August 14, 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.
Download release here
August 1, 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.
Download release here
July 31, 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.
Download Best Practice Charter here
July 27, 2018
July Community Newsletter
July Community Update now available to read and download here.
July 17, 2018
Biala Wind Farm roars for Crookwell Devils rugby league teams on Sunday!
Biala Wind Farm showed their full support for the Crookwell Devils against the Harden Hawks on Sunday 15th July 2018 with an information stand at their home game. Learn more here.
July 12, 2018
BJCE Australia announced as a finalist in the 2018 Clean Energy Council Awards.
Gullen Range Wind Farm has been announced as a finalist for our Clean Energy Program (CLEP) in the Business Community Engagement Award category. The Clean Energy Council Awards recognise excellence in the clean energy sector.
July 3, 2018
Biala Wind Farm Voluntary Planning Agreement now on public display
As set out in the Development Approval, Biala Wind Farm will establish a Community Enhancement Fund providing approximately $90,000 per annum for community projects, which would begin when the wind farm commences operation. The fund will be CPI adjusted.
The Biala Wind Farm Approval requires Upper Lachlan Shire Council to manage the funds through a Section 355 Committee. A Voluntary Planning Agreement or VPA sets out the way in which Upper Lachlan Shire Council will manage the funds. The VPA is a legal agreement between Biala Wind Farm and Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
We have negotiated the terms of the VPA with Upper Lachlan Shire Council and the Council has placed it on public display for 28 days. Members of the public can submit comments on the VPA to the Council during this period, which will end on Wednesday 25th July 2018.
To download the PDF submission online, please visit this link.
To view the submission online, please visit this link.
June 26, 2018
June Community Update
June Community Update now available to read and download here.
May 21, 2018
Biala Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee Meeting
The next Biala Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 12pm in Gunning.
Further enquires regarding the CCC meeting can be directed to Chairperson, Nic Carmody on 0429 354 582.
May 17, 2018
The Development Approval for the wind farm does not include the infrastructure required to connect the wind farm to the electricity network. For this reason, a new development application was submitted to Upper Lachlan Shire Council in November 2017 for an underground 33kV electricity connection to the existing Gullen Range Wind Farm substation in Bannister. An extension to the Gullen Range Wind Farm substation is part of the application. The Statement of Environmental Effects submitted with this application can be found here. The Statement of Environmental Effects sets out what we are planning to do and assesses any impacts to the environment.
The transmission line development application was referred to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) by Upper Lachlan Shire Council. The JRPP reviewed the application on 14 March 2018 and requested more information from Biala Wind Farm. Biala Wind Farm submitted this additional information to Upper Lachlan Shire Council and it was exhibited by council from 17th April 2018 to 15th May 2018. A copy can be downloaded here
Upper Lachlan Shire Council is now preparing a final report to be submitted to the JRPP. Once JRPP has received this report, they will arrange a date to sit to further consider the transmission line development application.
May 9, 2018
Crookwell Devils secure much-needed funds from Biala Wind Farm
Crookwell Devils senior and ladies rugby league team has secured $5,000 in funding from Biala Wind Farm allowing both teams to run out this season in brand new jerseys.
May 3, 2018
You can download our latest community update below:
April 27, 2018
New Project Update Available
The main reason for this update is we wanted you to know the additional information we have provided to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) is now on public exhibition.
Download update here.
April 26, 2018
Local Road Upgrades Begin
Work is underway to replace seven culverts on Kiala Road, between Range Road and Crookwell. Traffic controls will be in place until expected completion in the middle of May. These upgrades are part of the development approval requirements for Biala Wind Farm. It’ll be great for all to have less dips on Kialla road.
April 17, 2018
Transmission Connection DA on Exhibition
The development application for the Biala Wind Farm Transmission Connection is currently on exhibition through Upper Lachlan Shire Council until the 15th May 2018.
April 17, 2018
On 11th April we made our supplementary submission to Upper Lachlan Shire Council for the transmission line development. This submission is intended to address the Joint Regional Planning Panel’s request for further information, as detailed in the deferral notice issued by the panel. The Council will now assess our submission and produce a supplementary report which will be submitted to the panel. Following this, the panel will review the Council’s supplementary report and then schedule a new hearing date to determine the Transmission Line DA. Our supplementary submission can be found on our ‘Project Approvals and Documents’ page.
March 16, 2018
The Joint Regional Planning Panel met on 14th March to consider our application for an underground transmission line connecting Biala Wind Farm to Gullen Range Wind Farm substation. The panel requested we provide more information on the exact route of the transmission line and deferred their decision until this information is provided. We are now assembling that information. Upper Lachlan Shire Council will put the additional information on public exhibition after we have provided it to them. We’ll provide further updates here as they become available.
February 28, 2018
We welcomed the NSW Minister for Energy and Utilities, Hon. Don Harwin, on a guided tour of our co-located Gullen Range wind and solar farm today. To find out more, please click on the media release below:
February 14, 2018
February 01, 2018
We officially launched Australia’s first co-located wind and solar farm today, Gullen Range Wind Farm and Gullen Solar Farm. Weiwei Shi, General Manager of BJCE Australia said, “This is a historic moment for clean energy in Australia. Gullen Solar Farm is an important demonstration project -right at the forefront of renewable energy integration technology. It proves the advantages of co-locating energy infrastructure, which effectively minimises costs and environmental impacts. Together with our 73-turbine wind farm, the combined facility can power more than 70,000 average homes”. To find out more, please click on the media release below:
December 19, 2017
According to the Australian Energy Market Commision (AEMC), electricity prices are forecast to fall over the next two years as more renewable generation, such as wind and solar, comes online. Find out more about the AEMC’s report by clicking here.
November 30, 2017
You can download our latest community update below:
November 03, 2017
Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (Australia) Holding Pty Ltd (BJCE Australia) has successfully completed its acquisition of the proposed 31 turbine Biala Wind Farm.