The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued detailed guidelines to implement the KUSUM programme for India’s farmers to solarise agriculture. In March 2019, the central government approved the launch of KUSUM aimed at helping the farmers install solar pumps and grid-connected solar power projects. The programme has been divided into three components and aims to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022 with the central government support of Rs 344.22 billion.
- The first component under the programme includes the installation of 10,000 MW of decentralised ground-mounted grid-connected renewable energy projects.
- The second component will be the installation of 1.75 million standalone solar-powered agriculture pumps.
- The third component is solarisation of 1 million grid-connected solar-powered agriculture pumps.
According to the ministry, the first and third components of the programme will initially be executed in a pilot mode for 1 GW of solar capacity and 100,000 of grid-connected agricultural pumps. The second component will be implemented fully. Overall, the central government will provide Rs 190.365 billion in support.
After the successful implementation of the pilot projects for the first and third components, they will be scaled up with necessary modifications based on the learnings from the pilot phase with the total central government support of Rs 153.855 billion.