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.

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 Update 13/12/19: BJCE Australia announces 2020 wind and solar farm tour dates

BJCE Australia is excited to announce the 2020 Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm tours taking place between January and June. The first tour will run on Tuesday, 17th March. Tour dates between July and December 2020 will be announced in April. The tours are a great opportunity to visit Australia’s first co-located wind and solar farm and learn more about renewable energy. Click here to download the 2020 Tour brochure (January to June) or contact Crookwell Visitor Information Centre for more information.

 

News Update 11/12/19: Transformer delivery to Gullen Range Wind Farm update

The transformer for the substation extension at Gullen Range Wind Farm is expected to be delivered between 11:30am-1:30pm on Thursday the 12th of December. The transformer will be transported via Crookwell-Goulburn Road, Kialla Road, Range Road, then up Bannister & Storriers Lanes to GRWF. The transformer is an oversized load and will be transported via a truck with an escort vehicle. No road closures are expected, however minor traffic delays could be experienced. For more info, call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 9/12/19: Range Road final seal update

The first stage of final bitumen sealing for Range Road is expected to occur from Wednesday 11th December to Friday 13th December. These sealing works will include the intersections on Range Rd at Kialla Rd and Grabben Gullen Rd, and on Bannister Hill. One lane will be sealed at a time. There will be a stop/go in place, drivers may encounter delays of several minutes. Line marking works are then scheduled to commence on Tuesday 17th December. Traffic during line marking works will be managed by an escort behind the line marking vehicle. Please drive slowly and carefully in the road upgrade sections.

 

News Update: 6/12/19: Update on the substation extension at Gullen Range Wind Farm

Our new power transformer for the substation extension at Gullen Range Wind Farm is schedule to arrive next Thursday afternoon on the 12th of December 2019. The transformer will be transported via Crookwell-Goulburn Road, Kialla Road, Range Road, then up Bannister & Storriers Lanes to GRWF. The transformer is an oversized load and will be transported via a truck with an escort vehicle. No road closures are expected, however minor traffic delays could be experienced. We will update you again next week on the transformer delivery. For more info, call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 4/12/19: BJCE Australia joins the buzz of creativity at the Goulburn Schools STEM Showcase

BJCE Australia wishes to congratulate Bradfordville Public School,  Wollondilly Public School and Goulburn Mulwaree High School on their impressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) projects, which were on display at the Goulburn Showcase last week. As part of the STEM School Industry Partnership program (SISP), students were tasked with developing products that enhance the use of renewable energy in everyday life. Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm’s Site Manager, Simon Zhao, was honoured to assist with judging the renewable projects at the STEM Showcase event. The students had clearly put a lot of effort and creativity into their products, which ranged from a solar- powered cooker and tent to a house powered by the wind and sun. Well done to all the winners! It was great to see so many students excited about STEM.

Funded by the Department of Education and coordinated 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. BJCE Australia is proud to be a part of the Program.

 

News Update: 4/12/19: BJCE Australia presents award at the Crookwell Public School Presentation Night

Last Friday, BJCE’s Simon Zhao (Site Manager at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm) was honoured to present a school prize at the Crookwell Public School Presentation Night.  BJCE Australia proudly donated $100 for the award. Congratulations to all the students and staff who have worked very hard this year and achieved so much!

 

News Update: 29/11/19: BJCE Australia enjoys tasty local food at Australian Agricultural Centre Design Awards dinner.

Last Friday night was a lovely evening to have dinner outdoors, hosted by the Australian Agricultural Centre at their new premises in Roslyn near Crookwell. Smoked potatoes courtesy of Garry Kadwell and delicious roasted lamb courtesy of Ken and Jennifer Hewitt were served to a group of thirty supporters of the proposed new centre. BJCE Australia Deputy General Manager, Derek Powell, attended alongside community members, local businesses and Councillors. CEO of the project, Jo Marshall, announced the winner of the competition to develop a concept design for the complex, which is proposed as a multi-purpose facility to educate and showcase agriculture and renewable energy.

 

News Update: 26/11/19: Update on Bannister Lane trenching works

The trenching machinery for the Biala Wind Farm transmission line did not cross Bannister Lane this afternoon and will now cross tomorrow morning. The machinery will wait on the eastern side of the road until the school bus has completed its pick-ups on Bannister Lane before trenching across. For more info, call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 26/11/19: Transmission Line Works Update – Bannister Lane trenching works

We are expecting our trenching machinery for the Biala Wind Farm transmission line to cross Bannister Lane later this afternoon. The crossing point is approx 3km southwest of the Leary’s Lane / Price’s Lane / Bannister Lane junction or 6.5km north of the Gurrundah Road / Bannister Lane junction. The machinery will wait on the eastern side of the road until the school bus has completed its drop-offs on Bannister Lane before trenching across. Traffic will not be able to pass this crossing point on Bannister Lane for between 30 minutes and 1 hour while the machinery is crossing. Road traffic control will be in place when the road crossing is underway. Please consider travelling by alternative routes where possible during this time to avoid being delayed on Bannister Lane. For more info, call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 25/11/19: Gullen Range Wind Farm – a major sponsor of the 2019 Crookwell Women’s Bowling Club District Open Fours and the 2019 Men’s Triple Classic Tournament.

Gullen Range Wind Farm recently sponsored the 2019 Women’s Open Fours and the Men’s Triple Classic Bowling Tournament. Simon Zhao, Site Manager at Gullen Range Wind Farm attended the award ceremony and presented the women’s competition winners. Congratulations to all the winners.

 

News Update: 24/11/19: Transmission Line Works Update

Our trenching machinery for the Biala Wind Farm transmission line in now expected to cross Bannister Lane on Tuesday 26/11 instead of today. Traffic will not be able to pass this crossing point on Bannister Lane for between 30 minutes and 1 hour while the machinery is crossing. Road traffic control will be in place when the road crossing is underway. We will schedule to undertake this work after 9am and before 3:30pm to avoid commute and school bus times. We will monitor our progress and will send an update text closer to the time that these works across Bannister Lane will take place. Please consider travelling by alternative routes to avoid being delayed on Bannister Lane.  For more info, call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 22/11/19: Transmission Line and Wind Farm Works Update 

We have commenced trenching and cable laying works for the underground electricity transmission line to connect Biala Wind Farm to the existing substation at Gullen Range Wind Farm. It is expected that our machinery will need to cross Bannister Lane at some stage this weekend. It is most likely this will occur on  Sunday 24/11 though it could happen Saturday 23/11  if the machinery is able to make quick progress. The crossing point is approx 3km southwest of the Leary’s Lane / Price’s Lane / Bannister Lane junction or 6.5km north of the Gurrundah Road / Bannister Lane junction. Traffic will not be able to pass this crossing point on Bannister Lane for between 30 minutes and 1 hour while the machinery is laying the cable underneath the road. Road traffic control will be in place when the road crossing is underway. We will monitor our progress and will send an update text closer to the time that these works across Bannister Lane will take place. Please consider travelling by alternative routes to avoid being delayed on Bannister Lane. Works are progressing well at the Biala Wind Farm Site on Grabben Gullen Road south of Grabben Gullen. Works will continue on Saturday and low impact works will be performed on Saturday afternoon this weekend. For more info, please call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 19/11/19: BJCE Australia keeps Bannister Hall connected. 

 

News Update: 18/11/19: BJCE Australia joins the Music in the Park celebrations in Crookwell.

 

News Update: 15/11/19: BJCE Australia team up with Crookwell Men’s Shed to raise much needed funds for the NSW and QLD bushfire appeal