Jammu, Dec 26: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha gave its approval to solarisation of 4000 Nos. of existing individual grid-connected agriculture pumps under Component–C of Pradhan Mantri Kissan Urja Suraksha Evam Uthaan Mahaabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme having the Grid Connected Solar Power Plant capacity in the range of 1kW to 15kW.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.
Under this scheme the farmers will be able to use the generated solar power to meet the irrigation needs and the excess solar power will be sold to Distribution companies (DISCOMs). The DISCOMS in turn have to make payment to the farmers for export of unused power to the grid as per the tariff determined by JKSERC.
The solarisation of agriculture pumps besides curbing pollution will provide the farmers with a reliable source of irrigation through solar energy driven pumps and prevent the revenue losses incurred by the DISCOMs on account of energizing the electrical irrigation pumps at subsidized energy tariff of Rs 0.66/- per unit against an average power purchase tariff of Rs 3.50/- per unit.