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.
The 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 intends to begin construction of the wind farm in 2019 with electricity being generated in the first 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.
May Community Update now available to read and download here.
Range Road upgrade work is underway. So far work has been concentrating on the section of road closest to Grabben Gullen, with 20% completed. Removal of the two culverts across Humes Creek has commenced and it is expected this work will take two weeks to complete. Bitumen sealing of the first two kilometres of road will commence in late June.
We were excited to kick off our 2019 school incursion program by dropping in on Wollondilly and Bradfordville Public Schools this week. Under the instruction of our Community Engagement Officer, Isabel Nelson, students made their very own anemometer, a wind speed measuring device. The students’ many technical questions on how our wind farms work were answered by Simon Zhao, the expert Site Manager of our Gullen Range Wind Farm. Everybody, including our staff, had a great time.
BJCE Australia thanks Regional Development Australia Southern Inland for inviting us to be a part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) program, funded by the Department of Education. SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. We are proud to be involved.
The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 20 August 2019, from 5pm – 7pm at the Gunning Council Chambers.
April Community Update now available to read and download here.
Biala Wind Farm has announced a benefit sharing program with neighbours located in close proximity to the project. The Neighbour Program incorporates recommendations made by the Office of the National Wind Farm Commissioner regarding community enhancement and sharing the financial benefit of a wind farm beyond those whose land the turbines are constructed on.
The voluntary Neighbour Program allows eligible landholders to share in the financial benefits through an annual payment, for the life of the project. To be eligible, neighbours must be located within 3km of a Biala Wind Farm turbine. As part of their participation in the program, neighbours are requested to acknowledge that during construction of the project, there will be some minor impacts. Although all neighbours within 3km are eligible for the voluntary program, neighbours can elect not to be part of it. Read more here.
The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th of May 2019 at 5pm at the Gunning Shire Council Chambers. For more information, please click here.
The work is expected to take about three months. The upgrade works covers the section of Range Road between the intersections with Kialla Road and Grabben Gullen Road.
Traffic lights will be in place and one lane will remain open to help minimise disruptions. Drivers may encounter delays of several minutes at the lights and will be required to reduce speed in the sections between the lights.
Occasionally drivers may experience slightly longer delays when both sides of the road need to be closed. Attempts will be made to schedule these longer delays outside of peak travel periods.
At all other times, traffic lights will be in place and one lane will remain open. If you would like more information please call 1800 370 045 or email [email protected].
BJCE Australia is excited to fund the installation of a reverse cycle air-conditioning unit at the Grabben Gullen Community Hall. The hall is of great value to the community. We hope to host some of our project meetings there. The air-conditioning unit will both cool the hall in summer and warm it in winter.
Range Road upgrade work will commence this week. The work is expected to take about three months. The upgrade works covers the section of Range Road between the intersections with Kialla Road and Grabben Gullen Road.
The upgrade to Range Road will be completed in sections of 500 to 1,000 metres. Traffic lights will be in place and one lane will remain open to help minimise disruptions. Drivers may encounter a delay of up to three minutes and will be required to reduce speed in these sections.
Occasionally drivers may experience longer delays of up to five minutes when both sides of the road need to be closed. Attempts will be made to schedule these occurrences outside of peak travel periods. At all other times, traffic lights will be in place and one lane will remain open.
If you would like more information please call 1800 370045 or email [email protected].
BJCE Australia recently enjoyed hosting students from the University of Wollongong Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Branch Chapter and the Power and Energy Society at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm.