Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has formulated ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam
Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme. The scheme aims to promote the use of solar
power among farmers.
scheme envisages a) installation of grid-connected solar power
plants capacity up to 2 MW in the rural area, b)
installation of standalone
off-grid solar water pumps to help farmers who are not connected to the grid,
c) Solarisation of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps- This would make
farmers independent of grid supply and also enable them to sell surplus solar
power generated to DISCOM and d) solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation
projects of Government sector.
expected benefits of the scheme are a) ensure predictable power supply to
farmers, b) limit power bill of farmers, c) help farmers earn additional income
by selling surplus power to DISCOMs, d) Reduce DISCOM’s subsidy burden to