KUSUM – Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan: Assistance scheme to setup solar power plants & solar pumps for farmers

KUSUM: An assistance yojana for farmers to setup solar power plants / solar agricultural pumps & build solar energy capacities of 25.75 gigawatts (GW) by 2022

Government of India has launched the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan or KUSUM. The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs has approved the scheme & a budget of Rs. 34,422 crore is allocated. The primary objective of the scheme is to provide financial & water security to farmers. Government`s mission is to create solar energy capacities of 25.75 gigawatts (GW) by 2022.

Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)
Benefits:
  • Farmers can setup renewable energy power plants & sell electricity to the electricity department (DISCOM)
  • Assistance to install solar powered agricultural pumps
  • Assistance to solarise existing pumps
Beneficiaries: Farmers across India
Launched By: Government of India
Launch Date: 20th February 2019
Budget: Rs. 34,422 crore
Alternate Names: KUSUM Yojana, KUSUM Scheme

Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Components:

KUSUM is a mega scheme to make sure that the farmers has the electricity for cultivation & have alternative means to increase their income. It has three components of KUSUM.

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Component A: 10,000 MW of decentralised ground mounted grid connected renewable power plants.

  • Benefit: Renewable power plants of capacity 500 KW to 2 MW can be setup
  • Beneficiaries: Individual farmers, cooperatives, panchayats or farmer producer organisations (FPO)
  • The power generated will be purchased by DISCOMs
  • Tariffs will be decided by the respective State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERC)
  • The scheme will provide additional income for farmers
Component B: Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone solar powered agriculture pumps.

  • Benefits: Assistance to install standalone solar pumps of capacity up to 7.5 HP in farms
  • Beneficiaries: Farmers
  • State governments will provide subsidy of 30%
  • Government of India will provide subsidy of 40%
  • Banks finance also will be available
Component C: Solarisation of 10 Lakh grid-connected solar powered agriculture pumps.

  • Benefits: Assistance for installing solar set & generate elecricity to be used for existing agricultural pumps of upto 7.5 HP
  • Additional electricity can be sold by the farmers to DISCOM
  • Beneficiaries: Farmers
  • 30% subsidy by the state government & 40% to be provided by center government
  • Bank finance will be made available also

A solar capacity of 25,750 MW will be added with the help of KUSUM by 2022. The Component A & C will be implemented on the pilot mode as of now but Component B will be full-fledged implementation. Objective of the Component A is to create 1000 MW solar capacity where as for Component C it is to have one lakh grid connected agriculture pumps.

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