Madhya Pradesh government to provide subsidised solar water pumps to farmers

The Madhya Pradesh government is planning to provide 18,500 solar-based agriculture pump sets to farmers at a subsidised price. The agriculture solar pump programme for farmers is being executed by the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited. Both solar bore well and surface pumps fitted with remote monitoring systems will be available under the programme. The state government is in the process of procuring solar pumps from the lowest bidders.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has reissued the 1,000 MW rooftop tender, reducing the capacity allocation to 500 MW. Under the revised tender, 50 MW will be allocated under the CAPEX model (Part A) and 450 MW under the RESCO model (Part B). Under Part A, bidders can apply for a minimum aggregate capacity of 500 kW and a maximum aggregate capacity of 5 MW. Under Part B, they can apply for a minimum aggregate capacity of 2 MW and a maximum aggregate capacity of 50 MW. A successful bidder has to complete the installation of the rooftop system within 11 months from the date of issue of the allocation letter for general category states and union territories, and within 14 months from the date of issue of the allocation letter for special category states and union territories.

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