Recently GoI’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued orders to expand PM-KUSUM. PM-KUSUM stands for Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan. The new target of the PM- KUSUM scheme has been enhanced to achieve solar capacity of 30.8 GegaWatt by 2022. This is to be done with the revised central financial support of Rupees 34,035 crores.

In September 2020, Renewable Energy Ministry proposed to initiate centralised tendering process for the year 2020-21 targeting 450,000 standalone solar pumps. In the first year of the scheme, target to set-up 175,000 solar pumps . The tendering process is being done by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

The scheme

PM-KUSUM was launched to help farmers install solar pumps, grid connected solar power and other renewable power plants. Initially the target of the PM-KUSUM Scheme was set to achieve 25,720 MegaWatt by 2022.

Components of the PM-KUSUM scheme

There are 3 components as follows

  • Component A: To install 10 thousand MegaWatt of decentralised ground mounted grid connected renewable power plants.
  • Component B: To install 17,50,000 standalone solar power agricultural pumps with capacity up to 7.5 HP.
  • Component C: To solarise 10,00,000 grid connected agriculture pumps.

Benefits of the Scheme

PM-KUSUM will stabilise income of rural land owners for a period of 25 years and makes sure that solar pumps will save the expenditure on diesel for running diesel pumps. Also, the PM-KUSUM scheme will ensure if sufficient power is available for feeding rural load center.

Under this scheme, solar pumps will provide a reliable source of irrigation and also help reduce harmful pollution caused due to the diesel pumps. PM-KUSUM scheme is to benefit more than 17,50,000 farmers over a period of 4 years. PM-KUSUM scales up Goal set to 30.8 GW PM-KUSUM scales up Goal set to 30.8 GW