Rajasthan introduces an online portal for the PM-KUSUM programme

Rajasthan has developed the Saur Krishi Ajivika Yojna (SKAY) as part of Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) to promote the development of decentralised solar projects at load centres with a focus on agriculture consumption in rural areas. The distribution companies in the state have created a dedicated online portal where farmers can register their land to be leased out for solar projects. Project developers can also register on the portal to reach out to registered farmers.

The portal will serve as a conduit for interested farmers and developers to collaborate to secure land for a solar power plant on a renewable energy service company (RESCO) model, preferably within a 5 km radius of identified 33/11 kV substations. SKAY intends to make use of the state’s abundant land resources by allowing farmers and landowners to lease out their barren or underutilised land for solar project development on a predetermined lease basis.

Discoms identified 33/11 kV substations with primarily agricultural consumers on their 11 kV feeders and assessed the substation-specific solar capacity to be installed nearby. The portal will have a list of identified substations with capacities and other important information. Interested parties can use the portal to apply to register their land. The applications, along with a joint survey of the land and other credentials submitted with the application, will be verified by the field office.