The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for completing grid-connected solar projects under Component A of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) programme till March 31, 2022. The extension has been done as several challenges were faced by the farmers and developers to complete the project on time due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The farmers and developers are also facing the issue of lack of funding. Therefore, overall it was considered that the completion of projects under Component A would take longer than 12 month period planned initially. Under Component A of the KUSUM programme, renewable energy-based power plants of capacity 500 kW to 2 MW can be set up by individual farmers, groups of farmers, and panchayats on barren land.
In May 2021, the MNRE had also declared that any renewable energy projects with commissioning deadlines on or after April 1, 2021, might seek extensions due to the second surge of the pandemic.