Government expands scope of PM-KUSUM for harnessing solar energy by farmers

The renewable energy ministry has expanded the scope of PM-KUSUM scheme to enable greater solar energy generation in farm sector.

Now, besides barren, fallow and agricultural lands, solar power plants can also be installed on pasture land and marshy land of farmers. To support small farmers, solar projects smaller than 500 kW may be allowed by states based on techno-commercial feasibility. The selected renewable power generator (RPG) shall commission the solar power plant within twelve months from date of issuance of letter of award. The ministry has amended the guidelines of the scheme based on the learning from its implementation during the first year.