Himachal's new power policy to harness solar energy

Shimla, Aug 20 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Tuesday said the state government would soon come out with a new power policy with a view to harnessing solar energy.

Besides, possibilities of more hydropower and other non-conventional power resources are also being explored, he said at a function here to mark Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas.

Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary is observed across the country as Akshay Urja Divas.

The chief minister said the government was endeavouring to preserve depleting conventional resources to meet the increasing demand of power.

To promote hydropower in the state, he said the government has already reserved allotment of small hydropower projects up to 2 MW capacity exclusively for the Himachalis whereas preference is also being given to them in the projects upto 5 MW capacity.

Himachal Pradesh, one of the country's largest hydropower producers, has so far tapped 8,418 MW out of the state's hydropower potential of 27,436 MW.

In this fiscal, the state is aiming to add another 2,000 MW generation capacity with the commissioning of around 30 new hydropower plants either by the central government, private players or joint venture companies.


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