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.
We have completed 35% of the road upgrade. Due to wet weather and poor pre-existing subgrade road material, the works are slightly behind schedule. If possible, drivers are advised to consider alternate travel routes after rain or snow as sections where there is loose exposed gravel can be quite dirty when it is wet. For more information please call 1800 370 045.
To complement their renewable energy studies in the classroom, Year 5 and 6 students visited Gullen Range Wind Farm, as part of the STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP). Guided by Gullen Range’s experts, Leo Pearce (Asset Manager) and Simon Zhao (Site Manager), the students learned how electricity is generated by the wind turbines and passed onto the electricity grid to power homes across Australia. The tour started in the Operations and Maintenance building, where the students found out about the farm’s electronic monitoring system and met a few of the fourteen local staff. Afterwards, the students got up close to a wind turbine and watched the Gullen Range team demonstrate how changing the angle of the rotor blades can stop and start the wind turbine. Before departing, the students were shown several wind turbine components on display, such as an anemometer and wind vane, which measure wind speed and direction. The Gullen Range team were very impressed with the questions the students asked during the tour.
Binda, Bigga and Laggan Public School students were blown away by their recent lesson on wind energy by BJCE Australia, which formed part of a Shared Learning Day between the schools and the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program. Led by Gullen Range’s Community Engagement Officer, Isabel Nelson, the students were tasked with making and testing their own anemometer, which is an instrument that measures wind speed. Working in small groups, the students demonstrated great teamwork and problem-solving skills. By the end of the lesson, there were lots of anemometers whirling round!
Funded by the Department of Education, the SISP program links industry with local schools to focus the narrative on how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and knowledge can solve real world problems. BJCE Australia thanks Regional Development Australia Southern Inland for inviting us to be part of the exciting SISP program.
Construction of the $200 million Biala Wind Farm, located 45-minutes from Goulburn NSW, remains on track for a July 2019 start after BJCE Australia announces it has selected the contractors for the project.
This announcement follows the Southern Regional Planning Panel approval of a development application for an underground transmission line, in January 2019. The transmission line will link the wind farm to the electricity grid at BJCE Australia’s existing Gullen Range Wind Farm substation.
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.