In line with his government’s focus for the agricultural sector and providing continuous innovative solutions to the Indian farmers, Union power minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday announced a new initiative under which the government would aid the setting up of small solar power units by farmers to exclusively power their agricultural pump sets.
That’s not all. After meeting their power requirement for agricultural use, the farmers will be able to sell or feed the remaining power out of these solar units into the grid. States have agreed in-principle to this idea mooted by Goyal at the two-day state power minister’s conference at Vadodara in Gujarat.
“We have discussed with the states certain new programs that will be shortly introduced to help farmers set up smaller solar units which can be used to power the agricultural pumps and the residual power out of these units can be used to feed into the grid…States have by and large welcomed this move,” Goyal said, adding this scheme will be applicable all over the country where there is sufficient sunlight.
The move comes close on the heels of the Centre’s scheme to provide energy efficient agri pumps under the National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme.
It has already embarked on a plan to provide energy efficient agriculture pumps to farmers and has launched National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme in this regard.
Under the programme, farmers can replace their inefficient pumps free of cost with the new BEE star-rated energy efficient agricultural pump-sets and state-onwed EESL will be distributing 2,00,000 BEE star-rated pump-sets to the farmers.