- Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Surakshaevam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) scheme was launched in 2019 for the promotion of solar energy.
- The scheme aims to add solar and another renewable capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022 with the total central financial support of Rs. 34,422 Crore. The Scheme consists of three components.
- Component A: 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants of individual plant size up to 2 MW.
- Component B: Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps of individual pump capacity up to 7.5 HP and
- Component C: Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid-connected Agriculture Pumps of individual pump capacity up to 7.5 HP.
- Under Component B, individual farmers will be supported to install standalone solar Agriculture pumps of capacity up to 7.5 HP.
- Under PM Kusum Scheme, 20 lakh farmers will be provided a subsidy for setting up stand-alone solar pumps.
- Another 15 lakh farmers to be helped to solarise their grid-connected pump sets.
- This scheme will enable farmers to set up solar power generation capacity on their barren lands and to sell it to the power grid.
- In Tamil Nadu, the PM Kusum scheme is implemented for installing 17500 solar pumps to farmers through the agriculture engineering department.
- Under this scheme, the central government is giving a 30 percent subsidy, the Tamil Nadu government is giving 40 percent subsidy and the farmer has to bear 30 percent of the cost.
- Sanction has been obtained from Union government during October last year for the 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 the Ministry of new and renewable energy through centralized tender.
- The program is being implemented with a 70% subsidy to the farmers, for the installation of 4,000 solar-powered pump sets 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 pump sets in Phase II, during the year 2020-21 with the subsidy assistance of Rs.365.54 crore.