Gujarat Decides to Implement Solar Agricultural Feeder Program on Pilot Basis


Gujarat Decides to Implement Solar Agricultural Feeder Program on Pilot Basis

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) will support the implementation of Suryashakti Kisan Yojna (SKY) as a pilot project in Gujarat. The GERC was responding to a petition filed by Paschim Gujarat Vij Co. Ltd. (PGVCL), Uttar Gujarat Vij Co. Ltd. (UGVCL), Madhya Gujarat Vij Co. Ltd. (MGVCL) and Dakshin Gujarat Vij Co. Ltd. (DGVCL) for implementation of SKY.

The distribution companies (DISCOMs) of Gujarat stated in the petition that in Gujarat, the share of electricity supply to the agriculture sector accounts for about 27 percent of total electricity supplied. The revenue contribution from agriculture sector is only about 3 percent of total revenue of the four DISCOMs towards supply of power to all categories of consumers.

To achieve objectives of addressing energy requirement of farmers, empowering rural economy and to eliminate/reduce financial stress on DISCOMs and on the state government and its citizens, the state government has decided to utilize solar resources for the benefit of the farmers and accordingly notified the SKY program to be implemented on pilot basis. Read More

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