The Uttar Pradesh government aims to deploy more than 30,000 solar irrigation pumps under the PM KUSUM Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan Yojana) in the current fiscal year 2023-24. The state and central governments will contribute INR 217.84 crore and INR 217.09 crore, respectively, in financial support for the installation of these solar pumps.
The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Agency (UPNEDA) has been tasked with the execution of this initiative in 75 districts across the state.
Under the PM KUSUM Scheme, individual farmers are provided financial support to install standalone solar agriculture pumps of up to 7.5 HP for replacement of existing diesel agriculture pumps/irrigation systems in off-grid areas, where grid supply is not available. Pumps of capacity higher than 7.5 HP can also be installed, however, the financial support is limited to 7.5 HP capacity.
Similarly, individual farmers having grid-connected agriculture pumps are supported to solarize their pumps. The farmer can use the generated solar power to meet the irrigation needs and sell the excess solar power to DISCOMs at a pre-fixed tariff.
In both cases, the government provides central financial assistance (CFA) of 30% of the benchmark cost or the tender cost, whichever is lower. State Government subsidy is 30% and the remaining 40% is to be borne by the farmer.
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