The government will provide 2.75 million solar pumps to farmers under the first phase of the Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme, to be launched by July 2018.
Under the Rs 48,000 crore scheme, 1.75 million solar pumps will be installed where the grid has not reached and 1 million solar pumps where the grid is available. “Initially the solar-pumps will be distributed as per the demand from each region but at the later stage, if required, we will provide more pumps,” power minister R K Singh said at a media interaction highlighting the Modi government’s achievements of the past 4 years.
The government is also planning to provide 10 Gigawat of Solar Power Plants of intermediate capacity of 0.5–2 Mw and 50,000 grid-connected tube wells for irrigation and drinking water projects. Read More