Mountainous Himachal Pradesh, although a relatively well-off state, is also one of India’s slowest growing economies. Almost 90 percent of the state’s population lives in rural areas, and the economy is thus largely driven by agriculture and hydropower generation. Himachal Pradesh’s difficult terrain, lack of infrastructure, and status as a backwater that shares a high-altitude border with China have made industries slow to enter the state.
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced that Himachal Pradesh is offering land at a rate of 1 cent per square meter to woo investors to set up renewable energy projects in the state. He went on to say that the state will allow deferred royalty payments, and that the state electricity board would buy power directly from renewable projects.
The Himachal Pradesh government is going to float a global tender for its 960 MW Jangi-Thopan-Powari hydro power project at Satluj basin in Kinnaur district in the next three months.
State Transport Minister G S Bali flagged off the first electric bus service for Rohtang Pass, a tourist destination near Manali. The National Green Tribunal has restricted the number of diesel and petrol vehicles in the ecologically fragile area.
The state government stated that it had generated $523 million in revenue over the last four years through selling electricity. The state’s hydropower potential has been estimated at of 27,436 MW, with 10,351 MW of capacity already built.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Himachal Pradesh reaches 3.36 MW (updated September 21, 2018)
Wind Performance Tracker — Himachal Pradesh achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)