KUSUM aims to empower agriculturists to opt for Solar-powered Water Pumps and also to generate power for extra income. With support from the ministry for KUSUM scheme, the adoption of solar-powered water pumps is expected to rise exponentially. But, further extension in the waiver of transmission charges on solar and wind power projects is in question by the masses.
The nationwide scheme to promote solar-powered water pumps is hugely welcome. Power minister R K Singh said,
“Rs 48,000 crore Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme to promote solar power among farmers and cultivators would be vetted by the Cabinet in March.”
But, the road to solar-powered water pumps is not going to be easy as there are several components in the multi-year scheme such as: installation of 17.5 lakh off-grid solar-powered water pumps, and the solarisation of grid-connected farm pumps summing up to 7,250 MW capacity load.
Both off-grid solar pumps and solarisation of grid-connected pump capacity have the potential to improve finances of state power utilities and arrest reckless populism in power via routine giveaways. In parallel, we do also need to boost canal irrigation coverage, so as not to have unsustainable groundwater usage using power pumps.
The hike for solar-based solutions including technological advancements is also influenced by the masses supporting the renewable energy schemes. Earlier in Times Of India Blog, one of the audience replied saying,
“Solar powered water pumps is a good idea for rural farms. More can be done if Indian institutes can develop innovative technologies. Solar energy can be used to generate potable water for rural communities. Solar energy can be used to charge batteries for electric vehicles and to generate methanol by small conversion plants in rural areas especially on arid lands. Rural homes and farm shelters can be covered with solar roof tiles to economize on the use of land.”
Source: Economic Times