Govt. expands scope of PM-KUSUM for utilizing solar energy by farmers
The Ministry has amended the guidelines of the plan based upon the learning from its implementation during the first year, a main declaration stated.
The renewable energy Ministry has broadened the scope of PM-KUSUM plan to make it possible for higher solar power generation in farm sector.
The Ministry has actually changed the standards of the plan based upon the learning from its execution during the first year, an official statement stated.
Now, besides barren, fallow and farming lands, solar power plants can also be set up on pasture land and marshy land of farmers.
To support little farmers, solar tasks smaller than 500 kW might be allowed by states based on techno-commercial expediency, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) statement said.
The selected sustainable power generator (RPG) shall commission the solar power plant within twelve months from date of issuance of Letter of Award (LoA), it included.
Additionally, there will be no penalty on RPG for deficiency in solar energy generation from minimum prescribed Capacity Utilization Factor.
As per the changes, now MNRE will retain 33% of eligible service charges for nationwide Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities.
The order mentions that the Ministry might launch 50% of qualified service fee for the approved amount after positioning of LoA for preparatory activities.
For solar pumps to be set up and utilized by water user associations/farmer producer organisations/primary agriculture credit societies or for cluster based watering system, the central financial help (CFA) will be permitted solar pump capability of greater than 7.5 HP thinking about approximately 5 HP capacity for each person in the group.
Eligibility for involvement in the centralised tender has actually likewise been changed. During last quote, just solar pump and photovoltaic panel makers were enabled to take part in the quote considering quality and post installation services for next 5 years.
Throughout application it has been observed that these producers lack workforce in the field and are reliant on local integrators for this function, which has actually triggered delay in installation of solar pumps, the declaration said.
To overcome this circumstance and also guarantee quality and post setup services, it is now decided to permit joint venture of producer of solar pump/solar panel/solar pump controller with integrators.
The order even more says that quantity equivalent to 10 per cent of total quantity under a particular category of pumps of a cluster will be allocated to the lowest bidder and balance will be continued market mode for all chosen bidders consisting of the most affordable bidder.
This ensured allotment will bring seriousness and competition in the quote.
The guidelines associated with specs and screening have likewise been modified to avoid repeated screening of very same model and for faster execution.
Solar pump requirements were upgraded by MNRE in July 2019 and same are being utilized for Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) plan.
As part of amended guidelines separate quote rate for solar water pumping system with Universal Solar Pump Controller (USPC) will be welcomed and subsidy will be made available for these pumps according to benchmark rate of solar pumps without USPC, even if cost discovered for solar pumps without USPC is less than the benchmark price.
Standalone solar pumps are utilized just for 100-150 days in a year and solar power produced throughout the balance duration is not utilised.
In order to make efficient use of solar energy it was proposed to present USPC, which will not only run the water pump but can also run other electric devices like freezer, battery charging, flour mill, and so on
Installation of USPC will increase the income of farmers, which is the objective of the PM-KUSUM plan, the Ministry stated.
The declaration stated that now farmers will be provided solar panels and they will have the ability to utilize the generated solar power to meet the irrigation requires and offer the surplus solar energy.
DISCOMs will buy surplus power from them at the pre-determined rate to be chosen by the respective State/State electricity regulatory commission (SERC).
Solar PV capability approximately 2 times of pump capacity in kW is enabled under the scheme.
The scheme guidelines were quiet on CFA applicable for solarisation of big capability pumps utilized by water user associations and community/cluster based watering system.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved PM-KUSUM plan on February 19,2019
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