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Rajasthan becomes 1st State to commission Farm Based Solar Power Project under PM-KUSUM Scheme

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Country’s first farm-based Kusum solar power project commissionedOn April 1, 2021, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd (RRECL) commissioned India’s 1st Farm-based Solar Power Project under the PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri-KisanUrja Suraksha evamUtthanMahabhiyan) Scheme at Bhaloji Village, Kotputli in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

  • It has a capacity of 1 megawatt and is spread over on 3.5-acre semi-barren land.
  • The project is the 1st of 623 farm-based solar projects selected by RRECL for generating 722 MW capacity in Rajasthan under the 1st phase of the PM-KUSUM Scheme.
  • It has been developed at an investment of nearly INR 3.7 Crore.
  • The power generated by the project will be purchased by Rajasthan VidhyutVitran Nigam Ltd (at the rate of INR 3.14 per unit).
  • It will allow farmers to generate additional revenue through the installation of Solar Power Plants in less-productive or barren lands.

Benefits

  • The commissioned project is expected to generate 17 lakh units of electricity per year.
  • It is expected to generate an annual income of nearly INR 50 Lakh for the farmer.
  • The project in Kotputli is a 25-year contract between the RRECL & the farmland owner.

PM-KUSUM 

It was launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 2019. It is one of the initiatives to Double the Farmer’s Income by 2022.

i.Objective – It was launched with the objective of providing financial and water security.

ii.Target – To add solar and other renewable capacities of 25, 750 MW by 2022 with Financial support of INR 34, 422 Crores.

iii.Components – The scheme has 3 components

  • Component – A: To set up 10, 000 MW of Decentralized Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Power Plants on barren land.
  • Component – B: For Installation of 17.50 Lakh Stand-alone solar agriculture pumps
  • Component – C: For Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid Connected Agriculture Pumps.

iv.Financial Assistance of PM-KUSUM:

  • Central Government provides 30% of the benchmark cost or the tender cost, whichever is lower. State Government subsidy 30%; Remaining 40% by the farmer .
  • North Eastern States, Sikkim, J&K, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Lakshadweep and A&N Islands, CFA of 50%, State Government subsidy 30%, Remaining 20% by the farmer.

Fact

PM-KUSUM aims at honouring India’s commitment to increasing the share of installed capacity of electric power from non-fossil-fuel sources to 40% by 2030 as part of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under the Paris Agreement.

Recent Related News:

i.On November 13, 2020, MNRE has amended the Guidelines of the PM-KUSUM scheme based on learnings from implementation of the scheme during the first year (2019-2020).

About Rajasthan:

Chief Minister – Ashok Gehlot
Capital – Jaipur