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  • 10 March, 2021

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Agriculture Voltage Technology

Agriculture Voltage Technology

  • The agri-voltaic system of 105 KW capacity was developed by ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur.
  • This technology can increase the income of farmers by the generation of electricity and growing cash crops simultaneously on the same piece of land.
  • Under component-I of the KUSUM scheme, there is a provision for the installation of an agri-voltaic system in farmers’ fields with a capacity ranging from 500 KW to 2 MW.

KUSUM Scheme:

  • Launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for farmers for installation of solar pumps and grid-connected solar and other renewable power plants in the country.

AIM :

  • The scheme aims to add solar and another renewable capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022.

THE SCHEME CONSISTS OF THREE COMPONENTS:

  • Component A: 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants of individual plant size up to 2 MW.
  • Component B: Installation of 17.50 lakh standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps of individual pump capacity up to 7.5 HP.
  • Component C: Solarisation of 10 Lakh Grid-connected Agriculture Pumps of individual pump capacity up to 7.5 HP.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • State Nodal Agencies(SNAs) of MNRE will coordinate with States/UTs, Discoms and farmers for the implementation of the scheme.

SCHEME BENEFITS :

  • The scheme will open a stable and continuous source of income to the rural land owners for a period of 25 years by utilisation of their dry/uncultivable land.
  • Cultivated fields are chosen for setting up solar power projects, the farmers could continue to grow crops as the solar panels are to be set up above a minimum height.
  • The scheme would ensure that sufficient local solar/ other renewable energy-based power is available for feeding rural pump-set loads, which require power mostly during the daytime.
  • As these power plants will be located closer to the agriculture loads or to electrical substations in a decentralized manner, it will result in reduced Transmission losses for STUs and Discoms.
  • The solar pumps will save the expenditure incurred on diesel for running diesel pumps and provide the farmers with a reliable source of irrigation.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) was established on 16 July 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • It is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
  • It is headquartered at New Delhi.
  • It is the apex body for coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.

Source: PIB


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