Biala Wind Farm

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 wind farm is 100% owned by BJCE Australia, which owns the nearby 73 turbine Gullen Range Wind Farm and 10MW Gullen Solar Farm.

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

 Construction started in August 2019 with the first clean power generated in 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: 30/07/2021: CCC meeting postponed

The CCC meeting scheduled for 19 August 2021 has been postponed. For more information about the CCC meetings click here.

 

News item:27/7/2021: COVID-19 update

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney we have limited access to our mailbox to retrieve posted items.

If you have TV Reception or Landscape Program forms to send, please email us at [email protected]

You can also call us on 1800 370045. We hope to be back in the office soon.

 

News item: 16/7/2021: Community Fund open for applications

More than $92,000 is available for local groups in the first round of grants from the Biala Wind Farm Community Fund. Projects located within 5km of the wind farm will be given priority.

Guidelines, including a map showing the 5km radius, and application forms are available from Upper Lachlan Shire Council. The closing date for applications is Monday 9 August.

 

News item: 07/07/2021: July 2021 Community Newsletter

July 2021 Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News item: 22/6/2021: Routine maintenance at substation

Turbine blades won’t be spinning for most of Friday (25 June). This is due to routine maintenance at the high voltage substation. We expect normal service to resume from about 4pm.

 

News item: 16/6/2021: Wind farm goes back to school

Upper Lachlan students found out more about career opportunities in the fast-growing renewable energy sector today.

BJCE Australia’s Community Engagement Officer Dr Isabel Nelson dropped into Crookwell High School as part of the STEM Industry School Partnership Program.

Isabel talked about the wide range of potential careers on offer, explained the technology that drives the renewables industry and how STEM skills learned in the classroom are linked to real world uses, such as developing and operating clean power generators.

Crookwell High School students were joined by youngsters from Binda, Bigga, Laggan and Crookwell Public Schools and also showcased their problem-solving skills by designing and building catapults and dragsters using only material provided. Isabel reported that she was extremely impressed with the creative thinking on display.

BJCE Australia is proud to have been an Industry Partner for the SISP program since it started in 2018. We were thrilled to be able to return to the classroom and are looking forward to our next visit.

 

News item: 04/06/2021: Aviation hazards lights have been switched off 

Following consultation with NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and other relevant authorities, the Biala Wind Farm aviation hazard lighting has been turned off today.

 

News item: 28/05/21:  Next CCC meeting date announced
​The next CCC meeting will be held on Thursday, 19th August 2021 from 5.30pm at the Grabben Gullen Hall. For more information click here.

 

News item: 18/5/21: Planned outage at the wind farm
Turbine blades will not be spinning at the wind farm on Wednesday 19 May. That’s because routine maintenance at the high voltage substation will be underway. Everything should be back to normal by Thursday and we don’t expect our neighbours to be affected.

 

News item: 21/04/21: April 2021 Community Newsletter

April 2021 Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News item: 19/04/21: BJCE Australia kicks off a new season with Crookwell Junior Green Devils

BJCE’s Gullen Range Wind Farm is delighted to be a long-term supporter of the Crookwell Junior Green Devils. Under a partnership which commenced in 2019, Gullen Range Wind Farm is one of the major sponsors of Crookwell Junior Green Devils Rugby League Club. In 2020, the rugby league season was suspended due to COVID-19. Training for the 2021 season is now underway. BJCE wishes the Junior Green Devils all the best for their games, which will hopefully deliver a 2021 season win for Crookwell. The 2021 season will start later this month.

 

News item: 6/04/21: Bowled over by another impressive Rose Tournament.

Every year the Rose Tournament competition showcases some of the best bowlers in the State and 2021 was no exception. Gullen Range Wind Farm was proud to be a major sponsor of the February tournament at the Goulburn Railway Bowling Club for the fifth consecutive year. Simon Zhao from Gullen Range was honoured to attend the award ceremony and present a number of trophies in both men and women events. The winners of the women’s event were from Bomaderry, the runners up and third placegetters were both teams from Merrylands. The winners in the men’s event was a combined team from Goulburn and Bargo and the runners up, and third placegetters were teams from Sydney. Well done to all the winners! BJCE Australia’s Gullen Range Wind Farm congratulates Goulburn Railway Bowling Club for delivering a very successful event.

 

News item: 25/03/21: February/March 2021 Community Newsletter

February/March 2021 Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News item: 24/03/21: Update on the Biala Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund

Upper Lachlan Shire Council (ULSC) has begun the process of setting up the Biala Wind Farm Community Fund, which will provide approximately $92,300 per year towards community projects. Council has selected two community members to sit on the guiding committee, alongside council representatives and one representative from Biala Wind Farm. The next steps are for the committee to meet and agree on a charter. Depending on the outcome of the first meeting of the committee, Biala Wind Farm expects the fund will open for applications later this year. We’ll keep you up to date in future newsletters and on our website.

 

News item: 22/02/21: Artrageously good! Gunning all set for 2021 Festival

BJCE Australia’s Biala and Gullen Range Wind Farms are delighted to be a Gold sponsor of the 2021 community-led Gunning Arts Festival. This year, the ‘rejuvenation’-themed Festival will feature a strong line-up of both online and face-to-face events, including play and story readings, music performances, arts/craft workshops, competitions, an art exhibition and much more. Leading up to the main 2-day event in October, you’ll also be treated to smaller events that will be held throughout the year. For further information, please visit the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival website here.

Don’t forget that you can already contribute to The Festival showcase FlashWrite project! You are welcome to submit a story up to 1500 words that embodies local life experiences of the Southern Tablelands. FlashWrite is open to all ages and the closing date has been extended to 5pm on Friday, 30th July. For more details, please visit the FlashWrite Project page by clicking here. The FlashWrite Project is sponsored by BJCE Australia and supported by an Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program grant. The Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program is funded by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

 

News item: 16/02/21: January 2021 Community Newsletter

 

News item: 10/02/21: Next CCC meeting date announced

 

News item: 28/01/2021: Biala Rural Fire Service’s Christmas celebrations supported by BJCE Australia