Govt issues guidelines for implementing feeder level solarisation under PM-KUSUM

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New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE) today issued guidelines for implementation of feeder level solarisation under Component-C of PM-KUSUM scheme, after consultation with state governments.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had approved PM-KUSUM scheme in its meeting held on February 19 last year. The Scheme consists of three components. The Component-A includes installation of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants, Component-B includes installation of standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps and Component-C includes solarisation of Grid-connected Agriculture Pumps, MNRE said in a statement.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had also issued detailed guidelines for implementation of Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme on 8 November 2019. As per provisions of the PM-KUSUM Scheme, the grid connected agriculture pumps can be solarised with central and state subsidy of 30% each and farmer’s contribution of 40%.

The solar capacity allowed is upto two times of the pump capacity in kW and surplus power will be purchased by DISCOM. Since this component was to be implemented on pilot mode, flexibility was given to states for using different models like net-metering, replacing pump with BLDC pump or any other innovative model as deemed fit by the states, the Ministry said.

Based on discussions held with states, it has been decided to also include feeder level solarisation under Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme. Accordingly, these guidelines are being issued to provide broad implementation framework for feeder level solarisation, the Ministry added.

-ARK