Installation of solar irrigation pumps in Tamil Nadu

Last Modified: Fri Nov 20 2020 22:40:17 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2,100,000
    Estimated number of agriculture pumps in the state which need as much as 8,900 MW capacity to power them. Agriculture accounts for 20% of electricity consumed in the state.
  • 2,117,000
    Number of farmers in the state that benefit under the free electricity scheme, consuming 13.064 million kWh per annum.
  • Rs. 3,000 crore
    Annual subsidy burden borne by the state for providing free power to the agriculture sector. This has led to heavy fiscal pressure on state energy utility - TANGEDCO - and leads to poor investment in maintenance and infrastructure. Therefore, the power supplied to the farmers is often intermittent and of poor quality with heavy voltage fluctuations and supply is available only during night time for agriculture.
  • 600,000
    Number of farmers waiting for new free power connections as of Sep 2018. Only 40,000 connections (approximately) are given every year. 430,000 were on wait list as of Dec 2017.
  • 2013-14
    State Government initiates promotion of solar powered pumping systems with subsidy assistance to the farmers.
  • 90%
    Percentage of total cost of the pump that will be provided as subsidy to the farmers. Of this subsidy, state share is 40%, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, government of India assistance is 20% and TANGEDCO share is 30%. Thus a 5HP pump which on an average costs INR 5.00 lakh will cost the farmer only Rs. 50,000.
  • 4,862
    Number of solar powered pumping systems installed from the year 2013-14 to 2018-19 at a total subsidy of Rs.185.77 crore. The total capacity of the installed solar powered pumping systems is 27.33 MW and the savings in electrical energy obtained is about 3.65 crore units per year.
  • Sep 2018
    TEDA considering 2 schemes - first involving installing 100,000 pumps at a cost of Rs. 13,500 crore with farmer having to pay only 10% - 20% of the cost of pump (around Rs. 430,000) while the centre would pay 30% and the state would pay 50%. Second scheme involves solarizing existing pumps by installing solar panels with an aggregated generation capacity of 2,000 MW.
  • Sep 2019
    State govt. announces a plan to install 20,000 solar systems to power existing irrigation pumps in trial basis. If successful, this will majorly reduce the state discom's stress of providing subsidized electricity for farming. Farmers too will be able to increase their income as they can sell excess of solar energy produced back to the grid. The project which is being implemented by Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) comes under the Central renewable energy ministry's scheme KUSUM. Target for completion Mar 2022.
  • Oct 2019
    Sanction obtained from MNRE for installation of 17,500 off-grid standalone solar powered pumping systems from 5 hp to 10 hp capacity with a validity of one year period. The rates and the companies for the implementation of the scheme finalized by MNRE through centralized tender and Letter of Award (LoA) issued. The programme is being implemented with 70% subsidy to the farmers. Target for completion Mar 2022.
  • 4,000
    Number of solar powered pumpsets sanctioned by MNRE and planned in Phase I during the year 2019-20 with the subsidy assistance of Rs.107.31 crore.
  • 13,500
    Number of solar powered pumpsets sanctioned by MNRE and planned to be installed in Phase II during the year 2020-21 with the subsidy assistance of Rs.365.54 crore.
  • 5,892
    Number of pumps installed as on 31 Oct 2020.
  • ? hectares
    Area under irrigation by the solar pumps installed.
  • 475
    Number of pumps installed in 2019-20. Initially, the authorities have planned to have 1,085 pumps installed, for which the Central government has released ₹11.28 crore and the State ₹14.95 crore. Of the total number of pumps, 511 are earmarked for the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, said the official, adding that applicants should have assured sources of irrigation.
  • 6,000
    Number of pumps targeted to be installed during 2020-21. ₹138.73 crore has been set aside by the State and Central governments towards subsidy.