Solar Powered pumping system
Provision of Off-Grid Standalone Solar Powered Pumping Systems

To help the farmers to meet their energy demand for irrigation with no recurring cost, by using a climate smart technology, the State Government took the initiative of promotion of solar powered pumping systems with subsidy assistance to the farmers in the year 2013-14. From the year 2013-14 to 2018-19, totally 4,826 solar powered pumping systems have been installed in the farmers’ fields at a total subsidy of Rs.185.77 crore. The total capacity of the installed solar powered pumping systems is 27.33 MW and the savings in electrical energy obtained is about 3.65 crore units per year.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India has launched a new programme during 2019-20 viz., Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) scheme for the promotion of solar energy. Sanction has been obtained from MNRE to the State during October 2019 for installation of 17,500 off-grid standalone solar powered pumping systems from 5 hp to 10 hp capacity with a validity of one year period. The rates and the companies for the implementation of the scheme have been finalized by MNRE through centralized tender. The Letter of Award (LoA) has also been issued to the companies for the implementation of the programme. The programme is being implemented with 70% subsidy to the farmers, for the installation of 4,000 solar powered pumpsets in Phase I during the year 2019-20 with the subsidy assistance of Rs.107.31 crore. It is proposed to implement the installation of 13,500 solar powered pumpsets in Phase II, during the year 2020-21 with the subsidy assistance of Rs.365.54 crore.