PM-KUSUM and Phase-II of the Rooftop Solar Program

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admin November 5, 2021
Updated 2021/11/05 at 3:08 PM

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently performed a review of the Prime Minister’s Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) programme and the Rooftop Solar Program Phase-II and recommended actions to expand the schemes. The MNRE launched the PM-KUSUM scheme in 2019 to encourage the installation of off-grid solar pumps in rural areas and reduce grid dependency in grid-connected areas. The scheme’s goal is to allow farmers to install solar power production capacity on their unused property and sell it to the grid. The scheme’s scope was increased in the government’s Budget for 2020-21, with 20 lakh farmers receiving aid to build independent solar pumps and another 15 lakh farmers receiving support to solarize existing grid-connected pump sets.

By 2022, the goal is to have a total capacity of 40,000 MW from rooftop solar projects. The DC power generated by the Solar Voltaic panel is converted to AC electricity by the power conditioning unit and supplied to the grid in a grid-connected rooftop or small Solar Voltaic Panel system. Distribution firms are implementing this approach throughout the states (DISCOMs). The MNRE is offering a 40% subsidy for the first 3 kW of solar panel capacity and a 20% subsidy for solar panel capacity above 3 kW and up to 10 kW.

 

Source: Press Information Bureau

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