New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh is planning to launch the KUSUM scheme to promote the use of solar power among farmers. KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan) will incentivise farmers to run solar farm water pumps and use barren land for generating solar power to have extra income. The total cost of the capacities under this scheme would be Rs 1.4 lakh crore. The Centre will provide Rs 48,000 crore financial assistance under the scheme.
New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said-
“We are packaging the scheme in such a way that farmers also get extra income by having extra solar capacity which can be fed into the grid. We are executing it through discoms so that the reach is better,”
- First is utilisation of barren land by farmers. The government is expecting 10,000 MW under this. For this ground-mounted 10,000 MW, no subsidy would be provided to buy equipment, but discoms would be given 50 paise per unit as generation based incentives to buy power from farmers for five years. Subsidy component will be Rs 4,875 crore.
- Second component includes installation of 17.5 lakh off grid solar farm pumps. The government will provide Rs 22,000 crore to farmers to buy the equipment.
- Third component is, Solarisation of grid-connected farm pumps involving 7,250 MW capacity. The subsidy for this would be Rs 15,750 crore.
- Fourth component is, Government departments’ grid connected water pumps would be solarised, involving 2,500 MW. It would take four years to solarise these pumps and the subsidy component would be Rs 5,000 crore.
Regarding storage mission Rs 300-400 crore (outlay) has already been reserved for National Battery Storage Mission. Which is most likely to be located in SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India). This will be for R&D. The storage will be attached to wind and solar projects. Regarding safeguard duties, there has to be transparency and stability in the duty regime. There cannot be surprises. Whatever is the duty structure at the time of bid, will be applied to the project.
Singh also said he had asked officials to come up with expression of interest (EOI) in next 2 months for 1,000 MW offshore wind capacity in Gujarat and thereafter the government will go for RFP (request for proposal).
Source: Economic Times
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