On March 16, 2020 the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy & Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Raj Kumar (R K) Singh launched a new website of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).Key Points
- The new website is created to address the latest needs of the ministry’s rapid and accurate information dissemination needs, making it more informative, interactive&user friendly, including for those with visual disabilities.
- The website has additional portals such as ‘AkshayUrja Portal’ & ‘India Renewable Idea Exchange’ (IRIX).
- The ministry’s actions, including innovative auctions, solar roofing & the Pradhan MantriKisanUrja Suraksha evamUtthaanMahabhiyan(PM-KUSUM) scheme, have attracted a large public interest, which necessitated the need for a new website.
Features of the website:
i.The Structured Back-end Content Management System (CMS) is built to manage the website with minimal resources & less consuming time.
ii.2 language (English & Hindi) interfaces are provided on the website to make the contents accessible to the wider public.
iii.The National Informatics Centre (NIC) server hosts the website.
It is a real-time idea exchange platform among Indians & Global community to ideate, innovate & incubate in the renewable energy sector.
To support the establishment of a shop in each district to create a network of retail outlets in the form of “AkshayUrja Stores” in all districts for the sale,service of solar energy & other renewable energy products.
Gist about PM-KUSUM scheme:
MNRE launched PM KUSUM Scheme for farmers to install solar pumps, grid-connected solar & other renewable power plants in the country. This scheme is one of the initiative by the government to reach the target of doubling farmer’s income by 2022.The scheme consists of 3 components namely;
Component A– 10,000 megawatts (MW) of decentralized ground mounted grid connected renewable power plants of individual plant size up to 2 MW.
Component B– Installation of 17.50 lakh unique solar powered agricultural pumps with an individual pump capacity of up to 7.5 Horse Power(HP).
Component C– Solarisation of 10 lakh grid connected agricultural pumps with unique pump capacity of up to 7.5 HP.