On 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.
- 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.
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.
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).
Chief Minister – Ashok Gehlot
Capital – Jaipur