KUSUM scheme for solar uptake by farmers: A fineprint

KUSUM scheme for solar uptake by farmers: A fineprint

The government has published the guidelines for the implementation of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme for installation of solar pumps and grid-connected solar power plants by farmers.

Under the scheme, the government has planned to develop decentralized solar energy and other renewable energy generation plants of capacity up to 2 Megawatt (MW). This would enable savings in transmission system requirement and also bring down T&D losses. The government will continue to implement large scale solar power projects in order to achieve its target of 100 Gigawatt (GW) from solar energy by 2022.

Currently, over 30 million agricultural pumps are installed in India. Of these, 10 million pumps are diesel based. Over 20 million grid-connected agriculture water pumps installed in the country consume 17 per cent of the total annual electricity consumption. Read More

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