Solar power scheme entailing Rs 1.4 lakh cr to be implemented from next month: RK Singh

NEW DELHI: The big ticket Rs 1.4 lakh crore KUSUM scheme to promote the use of solar power among farmers will be implemented from next month, Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said today.

Recounting the Government’s achievements in the last 4 years, he exuded confidence that 4 crore families targeted under the SAUBHAGYA scheme would get electricity connections by December, ahead of the March 2019 deadline.

“The KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan) will be implemented in July. Under this scheme farmers would be provided with solar water pumps,” the Minister of Power and  New & Renewable Energy said at a press conference.

Under the scheme, the Government has planned to provide 27.5 lakh solar pumps (17.50 lakh standalone + 10 Lakh Grid-connected).

It will help farmers install total 10 GW of Solar Power Plants of intermediate capacity of 0.5 to 2 MW each. It also envisages  50,000 Grid-connected tube-wells/lift irrigation and drinking water projects. (AGENCIES)