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.
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.
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.
August Community Update now available to read and download here.
Gunning Arts Festival recently launched its very first FlashWrite project – a short story writing project which will highlight local life experiences. FlashWrite
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.
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 Defence, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Royal 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.
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.
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.
July Community Update now available to read and download here.