The Government of India is in the process of formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)’ which, inter alia, provides for:
- installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas;
- installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid;
- solarization 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
- solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector.
The details on funds and mode of implementation will be decided on approval of the Scheme.
Source: Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy, India
Illustration Photo: Solar pump used to irrigate vegetable farms in Lewa, Sumba Island, Indonesia (credits: Asian Development Bank / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))