Power minister RK Singh met the energy ministers and senior officials of renewable energy-rich states to discuss the challenges of meeting the target of achieving 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. The agenda of the meeting, held on Tuesday, included renewable purchase obligation (RPO) compliance, solar scheme for farmers and irregular payments by the state-owned electricity distribution companies (discoms).
The ministers deliberated on the agricultural solar scheme (earlier known as Kusum), which can potentially help farmers earn about `1 lakh per year from every four acre of barren land they possess. The scheme, approved by the Cabinet in February this year, aims to set up 10,000 MW of grid-connected solar power plants on farm lands, install 17.5 lakh standalone solar pumps and connect 10 lakh existing agriculture pumps with solar power. Singh sought the support of the states to decide the tariffs at which they would buy electricity from the farmers, and their confirmation on their share of subsidy towards the scheme. Read More
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