Saurabh informs farmers about benefits of PM KUSUM rooftop solar schemes
Post by RK News on Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Pulwama, Dec 19: The Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development (JAKEDA), Department of Science and Technology on Monday conducted an awareness program to sensitize the farmers regarding use of solar energy for powering irrigation pumps. The program was conducted under the chairmanship of Commissioner Secretary, Science & Technology, Saurabh Bhagat here at Pulwama.
Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Baseer-ul-Haq Choudhary, Additional Director J&K Science Technology and Innovation Council, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, JAKEDA, Executive Officers, JAKEDA, besides officers from Horticulture and Agriculture Departments, district administration Pulwama and officials of JAKEDA attended the awareness program.
Saurabh Bhagat informed the officers and the farmers about various benefits and incentives being extended by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy under PM KUSUM scheme, which is primarily meant to uplift the farmers. He said the scheme allows the farmers to install subsidized Solar Powered Pumps up to 10 HP capacities for irrigation purposes with a choice of AC/DC Surface and Submersible Pumps.
The Commissioner Secretary informed about the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Scheme, under which a collective subsidy of 65% shall be provided to the domestic consumers of DISCOMs for installation of Rooftop Solar Plants for offsetting their electricity bills under the Net-Metering mechanism.
Regarding the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Scheme, he said such schemes are the only and viable solution to the existing strain on the electricity availability in whole of the UT. “Such schemes will be implemented in the DC office complex Pulwama and in all government offices in near future to end the dependency on electricity. That will set an example for the general public to reap the benefits out of the highly subsidized scheme of Government of India,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner said installing such pumps will relieve the farmer community of the burden of electricity charges and will thereby strengthen them economically. “This will in turn increase the net income of the farmers,” he said.