PM Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM)

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM)
  • Approved by- Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in February 2019
  • Launched by- Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Ministry- Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
  • Total Budget allocated by the Center- Rs.34422crore

Objectives-

  1. To promote decentralized solar power generation
  2. To provide additional means of income to the farmers through selling surplus power to DISCOM (Power distribution companies)
  3. To conserve water
  4. For utilization of degraded land
  5. To enhance water security for farmers through reliable solar power production of total capacity 25.75GW by 2022.

Components-

  1. Establishment of 10000MW of grid-connected solar and other renewable energy power plants of capacity 500KW to 2MW.
  2. Setting up of 17.50lakh solar agricultural pumps of capacity up to 7.5HP
  3. Solarisation of 10 lakh grid-connected agriculture pumps of capacity up to 7.5HP.

Important facts and guidelines about the Scheme

  • A model Power Purchase Agreement has been made between Renewable Power Generator (RPG) and DISCOM for a duration of 25 years.
  • Renewable Energy Power Plants will be primarily implemented on barren and uncultivable land.
  • Eligible Renewable Power generators will be needed to provide an Earnest money deposit of Rs.1lakh/MW and a Performance Bank guarantee of Rs.5lakh/MW to DISCOM.
  • The selected Renewable Power Generators should commission the Solar power plants within 9 months from the date of issue of letter of award.
  • For the installation of Stand-along solar pumps, farmers will get a subsidy of 30% from the state Government.
  • A Procurement based Incentive (PBI) of 40paise/kWh or Rs.6.6lakh/MW/Year will be given to DISCOM by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for buying solar and other renewable energy under this scheme.

MCQs

Q: 1.) How much budget has been allocated for PM-KUSUM?
a.) Rs.25500crore
b.) Rs.34422crore
c.) Rs.20000crore
d.) Rs.50000crore
e.) Rs.45400crore

Answer- b.) Rs.34422crore

Explanation-
Center has allocated a total sum of Rs.34422crore for PM-KUSUM.

Q: 2.) What is the proposed capacity of solar agriculture pumps which will be installed under PM-KUSUM?
a.) 5.5HP
b.) 6.5HP
c.) 7.5HP
d.) 8.5HP
e.) 10HP

Answer-c.) 7.5HP

Explanation-
Setting up of 17.50 lakh solar agriculture pumps of capacity 7.5HP has been proposed under PM-KUSUM.

Q: 3.) What is the maximum proposed capacity of solar and other renewable energy power plants to be established under PM-KUSUM?

a.) 2MW
b.) 1MW
c.) 4MW
d.) 6MW
e.) 0.5MW

Answer-a.) 2MW

Explanation-
Under PM-KUSUM, solar and other renewable energy power plants of capacity between 500KW to 2MW will be established.

Q: 4.) How much subsidy will be given by the State Government to the farmers for the installation of solar agricultural pumps on their field under PM-KUSUM?
a.) 25%
b.) 30%
c.) 35%
d.) 50%
e.) 45%

Answer-b.) 30%

Explanation-
A subsidy of 30% will be given to the farmers by the state Government for installing solar agriculture pumps on their fields.
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