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.
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.
BJCE Australia is glad to announce the upgrade works on Range Road have now been signed off by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council. The 40 km/h construction speed limit has now been lifted and the upgraded sections of road have returned to normal speed conditions. BJCE Australia would like to thank the local community for their cooperation during the various upgrades. The road upgrades were important to accommodate the wind turbine component deliveries for Biala Wind Farm but also to improve the condition of the road for many years to come. The upgrades involved replacing two causeways with culverts, widening, improving the pavement, constructing school bus stop areas and resealing the road. BJCE Australia’s $4.2 million investment for the works on Range Road and Kialla Road has contributed to a safer commute for all. The upgrade works cover 7.3 km of Range Road between the intersections with Kialla Road and Grabben Gullen Road.
Year 5/6 students from Crookwell Public School blew us away last week with their fantastic Wind Power Showcase, which formed part of the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program. Working in teams, the students were tasked with building their own model wind turbines to power lights, buzzers and other small items. The STEM challenge was inspired by “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”, which is an amazing true story about an innovative Malawian teenager, William Kamkwamba, who constructed a DIY wind turbine to generate electricity for his community. As part of the showcase, BJCE Australia’s Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer), was proud to present the Industry Award to the student team, ‘Exquisite Engineers’. This group demonstrated their commitment to following the engineering design process, developing solutions to problems they encountered and testing their new designs by trying to generate enough electricity to run a light globe. BJCE wishes to congratulate all the teams who presented their excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects at the showcase! It was great to see so many students inspired by this STEM challenge.
BJCE Australia has been an Industry partner with the SISP program since it commenced in 2018. 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.
June Community Update now available to read and download here.
The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 25 August 2020, from 5pm – 7pm. Location TBC.
The upcoming CCC meeting, scheduled for Tuesday 23rd June at 5pm, will be held at the CWA rooms in Crookwell. For more information please click here.
BJCE Australia zoomed into Crookwell Public School’s classroom yesterday to take the Year 5/6 students on a ‘virtual’ tour of Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm. The tour aimed to complement the students’ in-class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities, which currently involve using wind turbine kits to explore wind energy. Although the COVID restrictions meant that the students could not visit our wind farm in person, Leo Pearce (Asset Manager) and Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer) were still able to show the students the inside of a wind turbine, explain how a wind farm works and answer some great questions about renewable energy. Our team was particularly impressed by the progress the students were making with their own wind turbine designs.
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.
Wind turbine commissioning has commenced onsite and will continue until the end of the year. You may notice wind turbine rotors begin rotating from this Saturday 20/06/2020. Turbine deliveries will continue to occur Monday to Saturday, departing from Goulburn at around 6am until the end of July 2020. For more information, please call 1800 370 045