The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing programme for installation of 100,000 units of solar pumps for irrigation and drinking water through State Nodal Agencies and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). This was informed by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in the Lok Sabha.
The minister further said that the ministry provides 30 percent capital subsidy to farmers for installation of solar pumps for irrigation purpose through State Nodal Agencies. State governments may also provide additional subsidy through own funds. The ministry also provides 40 percent subsidy with mandatory loan to farmers for irrigation purpose through NABARD.
He further said that the ministry has issued supplementary guidelines for 100,000 solar pumps during 2014-15 and Rs 353.5 crore was released to various agencies. Till now 63,436 pumps were sanctioned to various State government agencies and 30,000 solar pumps were sanctioned to NABARD. The State governments are subsidising solar pumps so that farmers take this up in a big way. MNRE has also made provision in guidelines for injection of surplus power in the grid so that farmers can get some returns on the investment. Ministry has empanelled 53 solar pumps system integrators to operate through NABARD and are providing training, Goyal said.