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 Update: 25/05/2020: Milestone achieved – 50% of turbine component deliveries completed.

We have now completed 50% of our turbine component deliveries. Deliveries will continue to occur Monday to Saturday, departing from Goulburn at around 6am. We expect the deliveries to be finished by the end of July. There are no turbine component deliveries currently scheduled on Sundays. For more information, please call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 21/05/2020: BJCE Australia impressed by winning Ag inspired cake creations

BJCE Australia’s Biala Wind Farm wishes to congratulate the winners of the Australian Agricultural Centre’s (AAC) Bake-off competition. Biala Wind Farm was proud to be a major sponsor of this fun online competition, especially  during these challenging times of COVID-19 restrictions. Entrants were tasked with baking a cake to match a photo of their favourite farm animal, fruit or vegetable. Check out the cake masterpieces here that captured the tastes of judges, Jo Marshall (AAC CEO) and well known Australian pâtissier, Adriano Zumbo . First prize in the adult section went to Andrea with her “Bullhorn Chilli” cake and Lacey won first prize in the Child section with her “Seed to Carrot” cake. For all the results and some more fantastic cake photos, you can visit the AAC’s Facebook page here. Well done to all the participants. We’re sure the cakes taste as amazing as they look!

 

News Update: 20/05/2020: Tentative CCC meeting date announced

The next CCC meeting will be held on Tuesday, 09 June 2020, from 5.30pm. For more information click here.

 

News Update: 11/05/2020: April Community Newsletter

April Community Update now available to read and download here.

 

News Update: 05/05/2020: BJCE Australia lends a helping hand to local charities during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many local charity groups worried about funding and future fundraising initiatives. BJCE Australia is providing a helping hand through donations of $1,000 to several Crookwell charities including Crookwell Meals on Wheels, Crookwell CWA Day Branch and Crookwell/Taralga Aged Care /Upper Lachlan Community Care. The initiative is aimed at allocating small pools of funding to local charities that are helping the Upper Lachlan Shire community through the ongoing pandemic. Read the full story here.

 

News Update: 29/04/2020: BJCE Australia joins Landcare’s online School Holiday Workshop

‘Blowing in the Wind’ was the theme of Landcare’s recent school holiday workshop and our wind farm Asset Manager, Leo Pearce, was delighted to pop online to help out. After having fun learning about local wildlife and making kites, the children had the chance to find out more about wind and solar farms; how they are built and how they work. The kids especially enjoyed seeing a picture of a sugar glider family, who have made a home in one of our wind farm nest boxes. Leo explained that the installation of 30 nest boxes forms part of a plan (called the Property Vegetation Plan) to protect and enhance the conservation value of a large area of native vegetation at Gullen Range Wind Farm. This 123- hectare area, equivalent to 123 football fields, is a requirement of the wind farm’s project approval to make up for the 35 hectares of land impacted by the construction of the wind farm, for example when vegetation was cleared to lay the access tracks to the turbines.

As well as talking about our wind and solar farm, Leo also answered some great questions from the kids. The online activities were very successful and Gullen Range Wind Farm thanks Upper Lachlan Landcare for inviting us to take part. The school holiday workshop was partly supported by a grant from Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Community Fund. If you would like to find out more about the Community Fund, please click here.

 

News Update: 23/04/2020: Turbine Delivery Update

After four weeks of turbine component deliveries to site, we advise our deliveries are generally arriving at Biala Wind Farm by 8am, rather than 9am as previously communicated. The deliveries will continue to occur Monday to Saturday each week, departing from Goulburn at around 6am. There are no turbine component deliveries currently scheduled on Sundays. For more information, please call 1800 370 045.

 

News Update: 22/04/2020:Third shipment of wind turbines has arrived at Port Kembla

The third shipment of Biala Wind Farm wind turbines arrived at Port Kembla last week. The cargo included eight complete wind turbines, including 24 blades – each 70m long, with a combined weight of 574,800kg (net weight 486,000kg).

 

News Update: 21/04/2020:Enter your inspired Ag cake creations in the Australian Agriculture Centre’s on-line competition

 

News Update: 20/04/2020:Project milestone achieved – the first wind turbine has been erected!

 

News Update: 09/04/2020: Easter Break Update

 

News Update: 08/04/2020: March Community Newsletter

 

News Update: 07/04/2020: BJCE Australia COVID-19 update – Keeping the local community informed

 

News Update: 06/04/2020: Gunning Arts Festival to celebrate local talent with online events

 

News Update: 03/04/2020: Construction hours on Biala Wind Farm extended during COVID-19 pandemic