The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline to install 30,000 MW solar power capacity in rural India to March 2026 under PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Uttham Mahabhiyan).
- The PM-KUSUM was launched by the MNRE in 2019, in order to endow installation of off-grid solar pumps in rural areas and reduce dependence on grid, in grid-connected areas.
- 10,000 MW of decentralized ground-mounted grid-connected renewable power plants.
- Installation 20 lakh solar-powered agriculture pumps
- Converting 15 lakh agriculture pumps, already connected to the grid, into solar.
- It aims to enable farmers to set up solar power generation capacity on their arid lands and to sell it to the grid.
- It also seeks to increase the income of farmers by allowing them to sell surplus solar power to the grid.