Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (AVVNL) has floated a tender for the development of distributed grid-connected solar systems under component C of the Pradhan Mantri KisanUrja Suraksha evemUtthanMahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program. As per the tender document, 479 distributed solar systems would be installed at 29 select feeders in the AVVNL network on a turnkey basis. Further, the development will take place in two lots. Under the first lot, 28 agricultural feeders will be set up in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, and Rajsamand at an estimated cost of Rs 65.6 million. Under lot 2, one agricultural feeder will have to be solarised for an estimated cost of Rs 62.8 million. In addition to providing comprehensive maintenance services, developers will be responsible for the design, survey, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the distributed solar systems. The work must be completed within nine months of the date of issue of letter of approval. The deadline for the submission of bids is January 21, 2021.
As of December 2020, Rajasthan discoms have issued tenders for the solarisation of 5,181 agriculture pumps. In February 2020, AVVNL floated a tender for the solarisation of 5,874 pumps on 92 feeders in the AVVNL network.
The PM-KUSUM scheme was announced in March 2019, by the MNRE, to promote the use of solar energy in the agricultural sector. Under Component C of the scheme, a target was set for the solarisation of 1.5 million grid-connected agricultural pumps. This target was initially set at 1 million grid-connected solar agricultural pumps but was revised by the MNRE in November 2020.