News Archive

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.

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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.

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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 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

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