Kolkata-based Vikram Solar has announced the installation of over 300 solar water pump projects in West Bengal and Odisha using the company’s solar modules.
The module manufacturer and EPC contractor supplied solar modules to the Water Resource Department, Government of West Bengal for installation of 140 pumps. These solar powered pumps were installed with the objective of minor irrigation.
Solar modules for 80 solar pumps were supplied to Public Health Engineering Department, Government of West Bengal, and another 80 to Zila Parishad, Odisha amounting to the successful development of sustainable irrigation through 300 projects across rural West Bengal and Odisha.
Vikram Solar head-channel sales Devendra Verma said, “Due to the unpredictable nature of rain in India, people in rural parts of the country have to work additionally hard for water. Solar water pumps are therefore an economical solution enabling farmers and residents in these areas to spend more time on their livelihood, rather than worrying about water on a daily basis.”
“Vikram Solar believes that India’s solar pump scheme can make a positive impact in agricultural economics through better, faster, and dependable irrigation systems. Therefore, this is our attempt to bring reliability in such projects by offering best-in-class solar modules,” he added.
Through Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) rural solar scheme, the central government provides financial support to farmers for installation of solar pumps. The scheme aims for deployment of 17.5 lakh standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps, in addition to solarization of 10 lakh of grid-connected pumps.
To ensure quality and post-installation services, the KUSUM scheme allows only manufacturers of solar panels and solar pumps to bid for the projects.
Vikram Solar’s annual PV module production capacity stands at 1.1 GW and the company has shipped over 2.1 GW PV modules globally.
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