Pradhan Mantri (KUSUM YOJANA) was launched by the Government of India to increase the income of farmers and provide sources for irrigation and de-dieselizing the agricultural sector.
The PM-Kusum scheme got administrative approval in March 2019 and guidelines were prepared in July 2019. The scheme was launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for setting up solar pumps and other new power plants across the country.
The PM-KUSUM scheme of the Government of India is one of the largest initiatives in the world to provide clean energy to more than 3.5 million farmers by solarizing their agriculture pumps and allowing farmers to up 10 GW distributed solar projects. The scheme plans to set up 30.8 GW of solar capacity by December 31, 2022, through the financial assistance of INR 340.35 billion (US$4.65 billion).
The scheme is divided into three components. which are discussed further.
- Component A- PM-KUSUM scheme aims to install grid-connected ground-mounted solar power plants (up to 2 MW) aggregating to a total capacity of 10 GW
- Component B- install 2 million standalone solar pumps
- Component C- solarize 1.5 million grid connected agricultural pumps
All components of the KUSUM Scheme combined would support the installation of the additional solar capacity of 30.80 GW