Biala Wind Farm

The proposed Biala wind farm is a 31 turbine wind farm located 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.

Biala Wind Farm is expected to have an installed capacity of approximately 110MW producing enough electricity for approximately 46,000 typical homes on an average day of wind.

BJCE Australia commenced construction of the wind farm in August 2019 with electricity expected to be generated in the second quarter of 2020.

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 item: 21/09/2020: BJCE Australia zooms into Goulburn High School’s Year 8 STEM class

BJCE Australia’s Leo Pearce (Asset Manager) and Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer) recently zoomed into Goulburn High’s Year 8 STEM class to give the students some insight into the workings of their local wind and solar farms.  As part of the ‘virtual’ visit, Leo showed the students the inside of a Gullen Range Wind Farm wind turbine. He also explained how a wind farm is constructed using recent photos of Biala Wind Farm.  There was no shortage of fantastic questions for the BJCE team in the Question and Answer session at the end of the talk.

The ‘virtual’ school visit formed part of the STEM School Industry Partnership (SISP) program, which is funded by the Department of Education and coordinated locally by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland. The SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems.

 

News item: 9/09/2020: August Community Newsletter

August Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News item: 27/08/2020: BJCE Australia is proud to sponsor the Gunning Arts Festival FlashWrite project aimed at showcasing local stories.

Gunning Arts Festival recently launched its very first FlashWrite project – a short story writing project which will highlight local life experiences. FlashWrite encourages locals of all ages to submit their stories and have them published on the Gunning Arts Festival  website. A selection of stories will also be featured as readings and performances at the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival. BJCE Australia is excited to be a major project sponsor and our team looks forward to reading the local short stories. For more information about the Gunning Arts Festival and how to get involved with the FlashWrite project, please click here.

 

News item: 21/08/2020: August CCC postponed 

The CCC meeting scheduled for Tuesday 25th August has been postponed. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th September.

 

News item: 20/08/2020: 2020 Clean Energy Australia Report – A record year for renewable energy

Earlier this year, the Clean Energy Council published the 2020 Clean Energy Australia Report. The report covers the latest key figures and statistics on the national energy market. To read more, click here.

 

News item: 19/08/2020: BJCE Australia ‘zoom’ in to St Mary’s Primary School Crookwell for STEMConnect

Earlier this month, year 5/6 students from St. Mary’s Primary School in Crookwell were joined by BJCE’s Derek Powell and Isabel Nelson who ‘Zoomed’ into their classroom for a ‘virtual’ STEM Connect lesson. Students crafted their very own anemometer and were able to measure the wind speed generated by fans inside the classroom. The students also learnt about the importance of anemometers and wind vanes and how these devices help a wind turbine generate as much energy from the wind as possible. The event was coordinated by Jo Marshall from the Australian Agricultural Centre (AAC) as part of STEM [email protected]. BJCE was proud to be part of this learning experience and hope to welcome the students back to the wind farm in the future.

 

News item: 18/08/2020: You may have noticed our aviation lights?

We have now constructed 16 turbines at Biala Wind Farm. You may have noticed the steady red lights on the top of some of the turbines, which have recently begun operating. The purpose of these lights are so aircraft can see the turbines and they are a requirement under our Development Consent (as issued by the NSW Government). We have also consulted with the Australian Department of DefenceCivil Aviation Safety AuthorityRoyal Australian Airforce and Airservices Australia regarding their lighting requirements. The result of this is 18 of the 31 turbines will need to have lights installed and turned on between dusk and midnight. Some other wind farms in the area have been successful in turning off their lights after a period of operation. We are investigating this possibility, however we do not know whether it will be possible at Biala Wind Farm. We will keep the community updated on our progress. To download a map of the aviation lights, please click here.

 

News Update: 17/08/2020: Biala Wind Farm donates $2,860 to the Grabben Gullen Progress Association War Memorial project

Biala Wind Farm is proud to have been able to assist with the construction of the Grabben Gullen Community War Memorial. We donated $2,860 to this project which was put toward the installation of the Roll of Honour signage. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the dedication and commemorative ANZAC service has been postponed until April 2021. We are sure many visitors and community alike will stop and admire the memorial when it officially opens to the public.

 

News Update: 13/08/2020: Students take a close look at a Biala Wind Farm turbine blade

On Friday 24th July 2020, year 5 and 6 students from Crookwell Public School and year 8 students from Crookwell High School were treated to a special blade viewing at the Crookwell Showground.

These students are part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) program , which is funded by the NSW Department of Education and coordinated by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI). The students were divided into small groups throughout the day and enjoyed an up close guided tour around the 70m blade from BJCE Australia’s Isabel Nelson and Leo Pearce and Goldwind Australia’s Andy Wang and Alison Deale, who also answered a diverse range of interesting questions.

 

News Update: 12/08/2020: July Community Newsletter

July Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News Update: 31/07/2020: Wind turbine oversize deliveries to site are now complete

 

News Update: 08/07/2020: Crookwell Public School students harness wind power for their latest STEM challenge

 

News Update: 08/07/2020: June Community Newsletter