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New Delhi : Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE), after consultation with state governments, has decided to issue Guidelines for Implementation of Feeder Level Solarisation under Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved PM-KUSUM scheme at its meeting held on February 19, 2019. The Scheme consists of three components. The Component-A includes installation of Decentralised Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants, Component-B includes installation of standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps and Component-C includes Solarisation of Grid-connected Agriculture Pumps.

The Ministry had issued detailed Guidelines for implementation of Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme on November 8, 2019. As per provisions of the PM-KUSUM Scheme, the grid connected agriculture pumps can be solarised with central and state subsidy of 30% each and farmer’s contribution of 40%. The solar capacity allowed is up to two times of the pump capacity in kW and surplus power will be purchased by DISCOM. Since this component was to be implemented on pilot mode, flexibility was given to states for using different models like net-metering, replacing pump with BLDC pump or any other innovative model as deemed fit by the states, according to a PIB release.

Based on discussions held with states it has been decided to also include feeder level solarisation under Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme.