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Guidelines for Implementation of Feeder Level Solarisation

Guidelines for Implementation of Feeder Level Solarisation

Context: 

Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE), after consultation with state governments, has decided to issue Guidelines for Implementation of Feeder Level Solarisation under Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme. 

  • The objective of Component-C is to provide reliable day-time power to farmers, enhancing their income by purchasing surplus solar power and thus incentivizing them for saving water. 

Implementation Agency:

  • The Distribution Company (DISCOM)/Power Department will be the implementing agency for feeder level solarisation in their respective areas. 

Details:

  • In the case of feeder level solarisation, farmers will get daytime reliable solar power for irrigation, but there is no provision for selling surplus solar power. Therefore, farmers can be incentivized for saving water and enhancing their income. 
  • This will be an important measure for conserving groundwater levels.

 KUSUM Scheme 

  • It aims to provide energy security along with financial and water security to farmers. 
  • The scheme targets to add a decentralized solar power capacity of 25,750 megawatts by 2022.

Components:

Component A:

  • 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants of individual plant size up to 2 MW
  • Under it, renewable energy-based power plants of capacity 500 kW to 2 MW will be set up by individual farmers/groups of farmers/ cooperatives/ panchayats/ Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO)/Water User associations (WUA) on barren/fallow land. 
  • These power plants can also be installed on cultivable land on stilts where crops can also be grown below the solar panels. 
  • The renewable energy power project will be installed within a five km radius of the sub-stations in order to avoid the high cost of sub-transmission lines and to reduce transmission losses. 
  • The power generated will be purchased by local DISCOM at a pre-fixed tariff.

Component B:

  • Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps of individual pump capacity up to 7.5 HP. 
  • Under it, individual farmers will be supported to install standalone solar Agriculture pumps of capacity up to 7.5 HP for replacement of existing diesel Agriculture pumps/irrigation systems in off-grid areas, where grid supply is not available.
    • Pumps of capacity higher than 7.5 HP can also be installed, however, the financial support will be limited to 7.5 HP capacity.

Component C:

  • Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid-connected Agriculture Pumps of individual pump capacity up to 7.5 HP. 
  • Under it, individual farmers having grid-connected agriculture pumps will be supported to solarise pumps. 
  • The farmer will be able to use the generated solar power to meet the irrigation needs and the excess solar power will be sold to DISCOMs at a pre-fixed tariff.

Source: PIB