Gullen Range Wind Farm Produces First Power

Seven 2.5MW wind turbines and one 1.5MW turbine are now producing electricity at Gullen Range Wind Farm.
   
Located approximately 20km west of Goulburn in New South Wales, the wind farm will consist of 73 wind turbines when completed; with a collective capacity of 165.5MW.  The 56 Goldwind GW100/2.5MW and 17 GW82/1.5MW wind turbines will generate enough clean electricity to power over 60,000 homes.
  
The Goldwind turbines used in the Gullen Range project feature permanent magnet direct drive technology; which eliminates the need for a gearbox and improves reliability in wind turbines. 
    
31 wind turbines have been installed so far. The facility, which is connected to the Transgrid 330kV transmission network, is expected to be completed in mid-2014 and a power purchase agreement is in place with Energy Australia for all the electricity produced. 
    
Gullen Range will be the largest wind farm in New South Wales and will generate approximately 500,000MWh of electricity each year (1370MWh each day).
   
In addition to the clean energy produced, a Community Enhancement Program is in place that will see over $125,000 per year be provided to residents and community groups within 10km of the wind farm.
  
The company behind Gullen Range Wind Farm is Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Goldwind);  the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in China. By the end of last year, Goldwind’s accumulated wind power installations exceeded 15 gigawatts, with more than 12,000 wind turbine units installed around the world.
    
The company has had a local presence since 2009. Goldwind Australia commissioned its first Australian wind farm, the 19.5MW Mortons Lane Wind Farm in Victoria’s western district, in 2012. Mortons Lane Wind Farm is a 19.5MW facility, producing enough power when operating at full capacity to supply 17,000 houses with electricity.