KUSUM Scheme: Initiative for use of solar energy in India's agriculture sector

Last Modified: Fri Jan 03 2020 06:48:35 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 4
    Number of components of the KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan) scheme announced in the Union Budget in 2018. The scheme has been envisaged to promote the use of solar energy in India's agriculture sector
  • 10,000 MW
    Combined solar capacity that will be sought to be developed on barren (non fertile) land with incentives for discoms to produce the output.
  • 1,750,000
    Number of new solar pumps that will be distributed with farmers having to pay just 10% of the cost of the pumps. This target is to be achieved by 2021.
  • 7,250 MW
    Installed capacity of an estimated 10 lakh existing agri pumps that will be solarised.
  • 8,250 MW
    Installed capacity of existing tubewells that will be solarised.
  • Rs. 144,000 crore
    Amount set aside in the union budget to finance the solar pumps.
  • 30 million
    Estimated number of farm pumps in use in India, around 10 million of which run on diesel.
  • 34,941
    Installed in 2014-15 against 1,38,267 sanctioned.
  • 31,472
    Installed in 2015-16.
  • 92,305
    Number of pumps installed as on 31 Oct 2016.
  • 142,000
    Number of pumps installed as on 31 Dec 2017. More than 50% of the installations comes from the four states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
  • 185,000
    Number of solar irrigation pumps installed as of Jul 2018. This information was provided by Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 02 Aug 2018..
  • 100,000
    Estimated number of full time jobs that will be needed if India is to meet the target of 1,750,000 pumps by 2021.
  • 25,750 MW
    Generation capacity that will be established if all the targeted solar pumps are installed.
  • 1.2 billion litres
    Reduction in consumption of diesel once all the pumps are installed.
  • 27 million tonnes
    CO2 equivalent emissions that will offset every year due to the installation of the pumps.
  • Feb 2019
    India's Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approves the KUSUM scheme.
  • Aug 2019
    The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) issues a tender for 175,000 off-grid solar water pumping systems. Apart from the design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing, and commissioning, the scope of work will also include warranties, repair, and maintenance of the pumps for a period of five years. EESL will procure the pumps on behalf of the state nodal agencies (SNAs).
  • Dec 2019
    EESL issues a second tender for 181,200 Off-Grid Solar Pumps. The scope of work includes the design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing, and commissioning of 10 horsepower (HP) water pumps along with the warranty, repair, and maintenance for five years.