The Government has approved launch of new scheme for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar power Plants, with an objective of providing financial and water security to farmers.
The scheme consists of three components:
(i) Component-A: 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants.
(ii) Component-B: Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps.
(iii) Component-C: Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid-connected Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps.
All three components combined, the scheme aims to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022. The Component-A and Component-C will be implemented on pilot mode for 1000 MW capacity and one lakh grid connected agriculture pumps respectively and thereafter, will be scale-up on success of pilot run. Component-B will be implemented in full-fledged manner.
New scheme will be benefited to the farmers in many ways. Component A comprise setting up of 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground/Stilt Mounted Grid Connected Solar or other Renewable Energy based Power Plants will be benefited to the farmer to open a stable and continuous source of income to the rural land owners for a period of 25 years by utilisation of their dry/uncultivable land. Further, in case cultivated fields are chosen for setting up solar power project, the farmers could continue to grow crops as the solar panels are to be set up above a minimum height.The proposed scheme would ensure that sufficient local solar/ other renewable energy based power is available for feeding rural load centers and agriculture pump set loads, which require power mostly during the day time. As these power plants will be located closer to the agriculture loads or to electrical substations in a decentralized manner, it will result in reduced Transmission losses for STUs and Discoms. Moreover, the scheme will also help the Discoms to achieve the RPO target.Component B comprise Installation of 17.50 Lakh Stand-alone Solar Pumps. These pumps will save the expenditure incurred on diesel for running diesel pump and provide the farmers a reliable source of irrigation through solar pump apart from preventing harmful pollution from running diesel pump. In light of the long waiting list for electric grid connection, this scheme will benefit 17.5 lakh farmers over a period of four years, without adding to the grid load.
Component C comprise of Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid Connected Agriculture Pumps. Farmers participating in the scheme will receive reliable daytime power. Farmers are incentivized to use less power for agriculture and feed surplus solar power in to the grid, thereby becoming efficient in terms of both energy as well as ground water usage in addition to having secondary source of income by sellingsurplus power to the Discom.Discom will save on recurring deficit due to low agriculture tariff as the requirement of power for Agriculture pumps will be met by the farmers from the solar pumps and thus, instead of selling of subsidized power by Discoms to the farmers, Discoms will buy power from them at the rate to be decided by the respective State/SERC. Discom is also able to meet their Solar RPO obligation equivalent to the solar power purchased.So ultimately New Scheme for Farmers for Installation of Solar Pumps and Grid Connected Solar Power Plants will be benefited as a whole and direct profited to the farmers’ in growth of agriculture and optimum harvest cultivation during whole year.
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