Two Victorian solar projects have been shortlisted for federal funding under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Large-scale Solar Photovoltaic program.

Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D'Ambrosio congratulated Syncline Energy and Gannawarra Solar Farm, both from the state's north west, on being selected.

Ms D'Ambrosio said, "These projects will create jobs and boost local economies in regional Victoria, where most renewable energy projects are located."

 "We are focused on developing technology that uses Victoria's renewable resources to ensure we are highly competitive in the low carbon decades ahead."

Syncline Energy's project will sell power to large energy users aiming to improve their environmental performance.

Solar Choice and Edify Energy's Gannawarra Solar Farm project has already received planning approval and is now in its final stages of development.

The State Government of Victoria will work with both companies to complete their full applications for submission to ARENA by 15 June 2016.

In December 2015 the Victorian Government launched the A$20 million New Energy Jobs Fund and is working with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and ARENA to identify programs and initiatives that could support renewable energy projects across the state.

Further information on the program and projects shortlisted can be found here.