Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM)
Source: PRS India
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released guidelines for the implementation of the Component-C of the PM-KUSUM scheme. Under the Component-C of this scheme, 10 lakh agriculture pumps of individual pump capacity up to 7.5 HP are to be solarised by 2022
The Component-C of the PM-KUSUM scheme seeks to:
- Promote the use of solar energy to meet the irrigation needs, and
- Enable farmers to earn additional income by selling surplus solar power to the distribution companies (also known as net metering).
Key features of the guidelines are as follows:
- Implementation model: Solarised agricultural pumps can function in two ways:
Drawing power from the solar panel and the conventional electricity grid, and
Drawing power only from solar panel. Implementing agencies may choose either or a combination of the above options. The states are also allowed to devise their own system other than the given options.
- Selection of feeder: The scheme will be implemented feeder wise. Feeders will be selected based on load, technical losses, commercial losses, and the number of consumers.
- Financial assistance: The central government will provide financial assistance of up to 30% of the cost of solarisation of the pump (of up to 7.5 HP).
- Tariff for power procurement: The tariff for procurement of surplus power from farmers will be specified by the concerned state electricity regulatory commissions. The distribution companies may introduce time of day tariff (different rate at different time of day) for efficiently managing demand and supply. Smart meters will be deployed for real-time monitoring.
- Adherence to specified standards: Systems installed under the scheme will be required to meet the standards specified by the Ministry and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).