Shimla, Aug 6 Himachal Pradesh will provide solar lamps at pastoral settlements in non-electrified villages, an official said.
The ministry of new and renewable energy has sanctioned Rs.1.07 crore to the state government under the energy conservation scheme for distributing solar lanterns among sheep and goat breeders in remote and tribal areas, a government spokesperson told.
He said as many as 4,337 lanterns would be provided by Himurja, a state-run agency that is promoting use of non-conventional energy.
Himachal Pradesh has developed a master plan to promote non-conventional energy and is developing two solar-powered towns – Shimla and Hamirpur.
The state’s first solar energy plant of 200 KV capacity has been set up at Baru Sahib in Sirmaur district, while 216 police posts would soon be getting two KV solar power plants.
The state government distributed compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to every household free of cost in 2008-09. This has resulted in a saving of about 270 million units of power worth Rs.100 crore in a year.