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.
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.
We are currently upgrading two existing intersections on Grabben Gullen Road. This week’s works took place on the western shoulder at the junction approximately 6km south of Grabben Gullen. On Monday works will also commence on the eastern shoulder of this junction and Grabben Gullen road will be reduced to one lane. A stop/go system will be in place during the day when works are in progress. Works will also commence next week on the second junction located approximately 8.5km south of Grabben Gullen. Initially works will take place within the western shoulder and reduced speed limit signage will be erected. When works start on the eastern shoulder Grabben Gullen road will be reduced to one lane and a stop/go system will be in place during the day when works are in progress. We will provide further updates on these works next week. For more info, call 1800 370 045.
On Tuesday 20th August, the Biala Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC) will meet in Gunning at 5pm. The purpose of the CCC is to provide a forum for open discussion between representatives of the wind farm, the community, Upper Lachlan Shire Council and other stakeholders on issues relating to the wind farm. If you have questions you would like raised at the meeting, you can contact one of the community representatives. Member contact details are available here. You are also welcome to attend as an observer, but you need to first contact the Independent Chair, Nic Carmody, on 0429 354 582. More information on the CCC is available here.
BJCE Australia representative, Simon Zhao, recently attended the Crookwell High School positive education breakfast, which aimed to promote the better mental health and well-being of students. The breakfast enabled community groups and local businesses, like Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm, to understand what challenges young people in our area are facing and how they are dealing with them. For more information click here.
We are upgrading two existing intersections on Grabben Gullen Road. Work will be required to the western and eastern road shoulders in order to widen the junction. The timeframe for these works has been revised and we will start work on the western shoulder imminently. This junction is around 6 km south of Grabben Gullen. Reduced speed limit signage will be erected today. Both lanes of Grabben Gullen Road will remain open during the initial works. When works are undertaken on the eastern shoulder of this intersection, Grabben Gullen Road will be reduced to one lane. A stop/go system will be in place when works are in progress during the day. We will provide a further update to let you know when the stop/go system will start.