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.

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: 30/11/2020: Upper Lachlan Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest for the Biala Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund Section 355 Committee – Community Representatives

Upper Lachlan Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest from persons interested in being a Community Representative on the Biala Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund Committee. There are two vacancies to fill. Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 22nd January 2021. For more information about how to apply, please click here to be taken to the Council’s website or contact Council on (02) 430 1000.

The Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) will provide grants to projects, services, facilities benefits or educational assistance located within 20km of the wind farm. For the first three years of operation, community groups within 5km of the wind farm will be the main funding priority. To find out more about the CEF, please click here.

 

News item: 24/11/2020: Crane movement update

We have completed erection of all wind turbines and have commenced demobilising of the erection cranes using heavy and oversize vehicles. No significant delays to road users are expected. We currently have ten turbines exporting electricity to the grid with this number due to increase soon. For more information please call 1800 370 045.

 

News item: 23/11/2020: BJCE Australia proudly supports the upcoming Gullen Range Triples Classic Bowling Tournament

The Crookwell greens will be buzzing with excitement this weekend for the 2020 Gullen Range Triples Classic Bowling Tournament. Derek Powell, BJCE’s Deputy General Manager, said, “We’ve been a proud sponsor of the Gullen Range Triples Classic over the past few years. It’s been a difficult year for many local sports groups due to the COVID restrictions, so we are pleased that this event can go ahead. We wish the competitors all the best this weekend”.

 

News item: 11/18/2020: Next CCC meeting date announced

The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 09 February 2021 from 5.30pm at the Grabben Gullen Hall. For more information click here.

 

News item: 11/11/2020: October Community Newsletter

October Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News item: 30/09/2020: September Community Newsletter

September Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News item: 24/09/2020: Next CCC meeting date announced

The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 17 November 2020, from 5pm – 7pm at the Grabben Gullen Hall. For more information click here.

 

News item: 21/09/2020: BJCE Australia zooms into Goulburn High School’s Year 8 STEM class

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.

 

News item: 9/09/2020: August Community Newsletter

August Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News item: 27/08/2020: BJCE Australia is proud to sponsor the Gunning Arts Festival FlashWrite project aimed at showcasing local stories.

Gunning Arts Festival recently launched its very first FlashWrite project – a short story writing project which will highlight local life experiences. FlashWrite encourages locals of all ages to submit their stories and have them published on the Gunning Arts Festival  website. A selection of stories will also be featured as readings and performances at the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival. BJCE Australia is excited to be a major project sponsor and our team looks forward to reading the local short stories. For more information about the Gunning Arts Festival and how to get involved with the FlashWrite project, please click here.

 

News item: 21/08/2020: August CCC postponed 

The CCC meeting scheduled for Tuesday 25th August has been postponed. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th September.

 

News item: 20/08/2020: 2020 Clean Energy Australia Report – A record year for renewable energy

 

News item: 19/08/2020: BJCE Australia ‘zoom’ in to St Mary’s Primary School Crookwell for STEMConnect

 

News item: 18/08/2020: You may have noticed our aviation lights?

 

News Update: 17/08/2020: Biala Wind Farm donates $2,860 to the Grabben Gullen Progress Association War Memorial project

 

News Update: 13/08/2020: Students take a close look at a Biala Wind Farm turbine blade