Delhi government approves solar scheme for farmers

The Delhi government has approved the Mukhyanmantri Kisan Aaye Badhotri Solar Yojna for farmers in the state. This programme is only applicable for farms in the city’s green belt area. Under the scheme, a maximum of one-third of the agricultural land’s surface area can be used for the installation of solar panels. The minimum height of the solar PV panels has been set at 3.5 metres. The projects are to be developed using a RESCO model and the Delhi government’s departments such as the health department, the PWD and Delhi Jal Board will sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the developers for the procurement of power. Farmers are estimated to receive about 1,000 kWh of free power per acre from the solar project every year.

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