50,000 Solar Pumps to be allocated to farmers in Haryana
At an event in Kadipur village of district Mahendragarh, The Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Banwari Lal has announced that 50,000 solar pumps will be delivered to farmers and ‘gaushalas’ in Haryana. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will help with this distribution. The minister said around Rs. 1,696 crore will be spent on this special scheme.
About 238 megawatts of green energy will be generated in the state with the installation of these solar pumps. According to the minister, this will not only save the diesel used to run the pump but also prevent pollution caused by the diesel pump.
The minister also said that the governmenthas prepared a draft for the pilot project in Karnal and Yamunanagar districts to boost farmer’s revenue. Under this system, 11 agricultural feeders were chosen to convert 468 tube wells based on electricity into solar-energy tube wells.
Farmers will be supplied with the additional electricity generated from these solar-based tube wells. An estimated Rs. 26 crore will be spent on this system, he further added.
This move is in line with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) guidelines for the centre’s Rs. 34,422 crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Uthan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme, that aims to provide both financial security and more sustainable water access for farmers by generating solar power in their farms and use the clean energy to replace their diesel water pumps.