The Minister for Planning is the responsible authority for new planning permit applications for energy generation facilities that are one megawatt or greater.

This includes renewable energy and non-renewable energy facilities such as:

  • wind
  • solar
  • pumped hydro
  • gas
  • waste-to-energy.

The minister is also the responsible authority for new planning permit applications for utility installations, including:

  • batteries with capacity of 1 megawatt or greater
  • power lines and substations that connect energy generation facilities to the electricity network
  • power lines with a capacity exceeding 220,000 volts
  • substations exceeding 66,000 volts.

Renewable energy projects in Victoria

See the location and details of renewable energy generation facilities and projects in Victoria.

Planning applications

We provide a pre-application service to applicants. You can request a pre-application meeting online – download and complete the request form below, and upload when requesting a pre-application meeting online.

Request a pre-application meeting

Planning permit applications for renewable energy projects can be lodged online.

Concierge service for renewable energy projects

Renewable energy projects are a priority for Victoria. Specialist advice is available to support the delivery of these projects and to assist with approval pathways.

Submit an enquiry

Renewable energy action plan

The Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Act 2017 supports a target of 25 % renewable energy generation by 2020 and 40 % by 2025. In 2018, the Victorian Government announced a commitment to increasing the target to 50 % by 2030.

Victoria’s Renewable energy action plan outlines the action we are taking to encourage investment in the renewable energy sector, to ensure Victorians benefit from a renewable, affordable and reliable energy system into the future.

Page last updated: 14/11/23