India seeks to expand use of decentralized solar generation

first_imgIndia seeks to expand use of decentralized solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times of India:Stepping up efforts to gradually increase solar footprints across the country, the Centre on Tuesday approved two schemes – one to promote use of solar power among farmers and the second to give impetus to its ongoing grid-connected rooftop solar programme. Both the schemes together will get the central financial support of over Rs 46,000 crore by 2022.The move on grid-connected rooftop will help India achieve its cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW of solar power from rooftop projects by 2022. It accounts for 40% of the country’s 2022 target of 100 GW of power from solar.The rooftop programme will be implemented with total financial support of Rs 11,814 crore. Under the scheme, group housing societies or resident welfare associations will be eligible to get financial support to install rooftop solar projects.The one for farmers – called KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan) – has three components which together aim to add a solar capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022. The total central financial support provided under the scheme would be Rs 34,422 crore.Its components include 10,000 MW of ‘decentralized ground mounted’ grid-connected renewable power plants; installation of 17.50 lakh standalone solar powered agriculture pumps and solarisation of 10 lakh grid-connected solar powered agriculture pumps.Under KUSUM, an individual farmer or group of farmers (cooperatives or panchayats or farmer producer organisations) can set up solar power plants of 500 KW to 2 MW capacity on their barren or cultivable lands.More: India seeks to increase solar footprints in rural areas through KUSUMlast_img read more