The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that it has issued guidelines for setting up of 10 lakh grid-connected sola power pumps under the aspiring Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme.
Under “Component C” of the scheme 10 lakh agriculture pumps of 7.5 Horsepower capacity each are planned to be solarised by 2022. As per provisions of the scheme, initially one lakh grid-connected pumps are targeted to be solarised on pilot basis and further scale-up will be carried out after the evaluation of the pilot phase.
The scheme aims at ensuring reliable day time power supply for irrigation, reducing subsidy burden on power distribution companies and providing additional sources of income to the farmers.
The scheme provides for support for individual farmers with grid-connected agriculture pumps. It will support setting up solar photovoltaic capacity up to two times the pump capacity in kilowatts (kW) so that farmers can use the power to meet their irrigation needs and generate additional income by selling surplus solar power to discoms.
The guidelines for the implementation of PM KUSUM Scheme were issued in July this year stating that central public sector undertakings and state implementation agencies will carry out the tendering process.
The centre has already said it will provide Central Financial Assistance up to 30 per cent of the cost of solarisation of the pump for solar PV components including solar modules, controllers or inverters, balance of system, installation & commissioning on the basis of benchmark cost or cost discovered through tender.
The CFA will be provided for solarization of pumps up to 7.5 HP and depending upon the tariff model adopted, discoms will purchase solar power from farmers at a rate decided by the respective state entities.
"Real time monitoring is an important aspect in implementation of the Component-C and therefore, a separate vendor having expertise in metering, communication and designing the required software for monitoring may be required," the ministry said.
The ministry said that it will develop a central monitoring portal which will extract data from the state portals for monitoring of the scheme and analyze the data generated, which will be used for improving the scheme.
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