News Archive

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

Transmission Line

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.

Media release – Crookwell Devils secure much-needed funds from Biala Wind Farm

May 3, 2018

You can download our latest community update below:

May 2018 – Community Update

 

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.

For more information https://www.upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au/da-122/2017-biala-wind-farm-transmission-connection

 

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:

Media release – Energy Minister admires co-located solar and wind farm during Gullen Range visit

 

Local high school student, Grace Abbey, presenting Minister Don Harwin with a handmade wooden turbine

 

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:

Media release – Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (BJCE) launch Australia’s First Co-located Wind and Solar Farm 

 

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 2017 – Community Update

 

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.

Media release: Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy expands portfolio with purchase of Biala Wind Farm