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 commenced construction of the wind farm in August 2019 with electricity expected to be generated in the first 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.
Range Road works are now complete subject to a final seal. Final revegetation works will be completed on Monday. Traffic controls and lights have now been removed. Please drive safely when using the upgraded road and abide by the speed limits.
September Community Update now available to read and download here.
We have been upgrading the two site entrances where the wind farm tracks intersect with Grabben Gullen Road. These intersections are 6km and 8.5km south of Grabben Gullen. The bulk of earthworks and gravelling has now been completed. In the next two weeks fencing and gates will be installed and a final spray seal will be implemented. Grabben Gullen Road may need to be reduced to a single lane for one or two days with a STOP-GO system in place at the southern entrance. No further lane closures are expected for the northern entrance. Reduced speed limits will remain in place at both entrances until the work is complete. For more info, call 1800 370 045.
BJCE Australia is proud to announce we will be a major sponsor for the 2019 Goulburn Relay For Life fundraising event. BJCE has joined forces with Goulburn-Mulwaree Council, Veolia, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Goulburn Workers, BBQs Galore and Mazda Goulburn to provide funding support for the event. Relay For Life brings communities together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and raise money to help the fight against cancer. The event runs from Saturday 2nd through to Sunday 3rd November 2019 at Eastgrove Park in Goulburn NSW. For more information and to help a great cause, click here.
We have now completed 90% of the road upgrade. Recent snow and rain means sections with loose gravel are quite wet and dirty so drivers may want to consider alternative routes. Two sets of traffic lights will be in place for the remaining upgrade works. One set is located at each end of Bannister Hill to ensure drivers can see the road works and slow down for the upgrades along the hill. The other set of lights will move along Range Road as we finalise the works in each location. For more info please call 1800 370 045.
On Sunday, 27th October, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm is hosting a special public tour to celebrate the 2019 Clean Energy Council Open Day! To secure your seat on the guided tour, which starts and finishes in Crookwell, please click here.
Wind and solar energy are playing a major part in Australia’s transition towards a renewable energy future. The Clean Energy Open Day tour is a great opportunity to get up close to a wind turbine and solar array and find out more about renewable energy.
Please note that advance bookings on the tour bus are essential. You cannot self-drive to Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm for safety reasons.
On Tuesday 3rd of September, BJCE Australia and Grabben Gullen Rural Fire Service hosted an information stand and fundraising BBQ outside the Crookwell IGA.
The information stand provided a face-to-face opportunity for the local community to discuss renewable energy and ask questions about BJCE’s newest local development Biala Wind Farm. BJCE Australia team members, Robbie Williamson and Elizabeth Picker handed out Biala Wind Farm newsletters and spoke with those who stopped to chat about the community activities and initiatives that BJCE are involved in. A number of people were particularly interested to hear about the public tours of BJCE’s Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm which can now be booked through the Crookwell tourism office.
The STEM Industry School Partnership (or SISP) Program has been recognised as an Outstanding School Initiative at state Level. Academies of STEM Excellence, Crookwell, Cessnock and Canobolas High Schools, received their awards for an outstanding school initiative at the NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence on 27th August. Funded by the Department of Education and co-ordinated by Regional Development Australia offices, the SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. BJCE Australia is proud to be one of the first SISP industry partners. Since the program was piloted in 2018, BJCE Australia has hosted 6 local schools at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm and assisted the schools with several STEM classroom activities. BJCE Australia would like to congratulate the staff and students of Crookwell High School on winning this well-deserved award. To read more, please click here.
We are currently upgrading two existing intersections on Grabben Gullen Road. This week we made good progress on the junction approximately 6km south of Grabben Gullen. On Monday works will be limited to within the road shoulder of the junction allowing traffic in both directions on Grabben Gullen road.
Works will also continue next week on the second junction located approximately 8.5km south of Grabben Gullen. On Monday works are expected to start on the eastern shoulder of Grabben Gullen road and traffic will be reduced to one lane with a stop/go system in place during the day when works are in progress. We will provide further updates on works at both junctions next week. For more info, call 1800 370 045.
Wollondilly and Bradfordville Public school students were buzzing with creativity when BJCE Australia recently dropped in to see how their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) projects were progressing. The Year 5 and 6 students are tasked with developing products that enhance the use of renewable energy in everyday life. From solar-powered tents to solar-powered cookers, the products taking shape were very impressive. Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer) enjoyed chatting to the students about their projects and seeing their excellent problem-solving skills in action. We can’t wait to see the finished products in Term 4!
Funded by the Department of Education, the SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. BJCE Australia thanks Regional Development Australia Southern Inland for inviting us to be a part of their exciting program.
August Community Update now available to read and download here.
BJCE has teamed up with Grabben Gullen Rural Fire Brigade to host a BBQ fundraiser on Crookwell High Street (outside the IGA) next Tuesday, the 3rd September, from 9am. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Grabben Gullen RFS to support their ongoing initiatives. It’s a great chance to grab a sausage and chat with a couple of our team members about renewable energy or the progress on Biala Wind Farm.
The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 22 October 2019, from 5pm – 7pm. Location TBC.