He said the remote district of Lahaul-Spiti also has enormous potential for generation of solar power and the state will soon take the lead in generating solar power.

He asked both the state electricity board and the Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Authority (HIMURJA) to promote solar energy.

Speaking at an inaugural session of a workshop organised jointly by HIMURJA and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy here, he said though the world was shifting its focus towards renewal sources of energy, hydel generation remained the backbone of hilly states particularly Himachal Pradesh.

The significance of hydel power should not be underestimated as five rivers flow through the state having abundant water sources.

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