KUSUM scheme: All about PM Modi’s Rs 1.4 lakh crore solar power scheme for farmers
With an aim to promote use of solar power among farmers, the government is all set to launch Rs 1.4 crore KUSUM scheme next month. “The KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan) will be implemented in July. Under this scheme farmers would be provided with solar water pumps,” PTI reported citing R K Singh, minister of power and new & renewable energy. While showcasing achievements of the government in the last four years, minister said that crore families targeted under the SAUBHAGYA scheme would get electricity connections by December, ahead of the March 2019 deadline.
Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ provides for:
1)Installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas;
2)Installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid;
3)Solarisation of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also enable them to sell surplus solar power generated to DISCOM and get extra income; and
4)Solarisation of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector.