A programme to have 10,000 off-grid solar homes in the State by the end of 2012-13 is expected to take off in a month.

The project, pending clearance with the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is awaiting approval for release of money from the Central pool, said sources in the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert), which would oversee the implementation of the programme. Sources said that the draft proposal for the programme has distributed the heavily subsidised solar homes equally among the districts, though the quota may be rearranged depending on the performance of the districts after the project is launched.