A domestic efficient lighting programme (DELP) under which consumers will be provided LED lights at economical rates was set into motion by Chief Minister Harish Rawat.
The Chief Minister, while addressing a gathering at the inaugural function, said the state government had charted out a solar power policy to make Uttarakhand self-reliance in terms of meeting the demand for power.
He said gram panchyats had been authorised to construct and generate electricity through small and medium hydropower projects.
The Chief Minister said strict instructions had been issued to government departments to install electricity saving equipment and lights in their offices to conserve electricity for future use.
He said plans were in the pipeline to install solar panels in every government office across the state.
The Chief Minister said the government had sanctioned Rs 12.5 crore for the distribution of LED bulbs to consumers belonging to the below poverty line.
He said 75 per cent of the LED bulb cost would be borne by the government.
The Chief Minister has instructed representatives of companies to complete the construction of 23 proposed solar power projects in the given time frame. The proposed solar power projects are expected to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore. These projects will generate 181 MW for the state.
Principal Secretary, Power, Umakant Panwar said three LED bulbs each having a capacity of 7 watt would be given to nearly 18.55 lakh domestic and commercial consumers. The cost of one LED bulb was Rs 110 approx. He said the use of LED bulbs would help curtail electricity bills.