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First Farm-Based Solar Power Plant : PM-KUSUM Scheme

Prime Minister’s Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme:

The first farm-based solar power plant under the Prime Minister’s Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme has come up in Jaipur (Rajasthan) district’s Kotputli tehsil with a provision for the production of 17 lakh units of electricity every year.

  • The PM-KUSUM scheme was launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to support installation of off-grid solar pumps in rural areas and reduce dependence on the grid, in grid-connected areas.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had in February 2019 approved the launch of the scheme with the objective of providing financial and water security.
  • The government’s Budget for 2020-21 expanded the scope for the scheme with 20 lakh farmers to be provided assistance to install standalone solar pumps; another 15 lakh farmers to be given help to solarise their grid-connected pump sets.
  • This will enable farmers to set up solar power generation capacity on their barren lands and to sell it to the grid.

Components of the PM-KUSUM:

  • PM-KUSUM consists of three components and aims to add a solar capacity of 30.8 GW by 2022:
    • Component-A: 10,000 MW of decentralized ground-mounted grid-connected renewable power plants.
    • Component-B: Installation of two million standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps.
    • Component-C: Solarisation of 1.5 million grid-connected solar-powered agriculture pumps.
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