The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme entails installing of 25,750-MW solar capacity by 2022 with the overall central financial support of Rs 34,422 crore.
The PM-Kusum scheme, approved in February 2019, aims to install 17.5 lakh off-grid and 10 lakh on-grid solar pumps and 10 gigawatt (GW) of solar power plants capacity in rural areas by 2022.
With the objective of providing financial and water security, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in February permitted the launch of the scheme.
The scheme has three components:
The Component-A provides for setting up of 10,000 MW of decentralised ground/ stilt-mounted grid-connected solar or other renewable energy-based power plants.
The Component-B of the scheme provides for installation of 17.50 lakh stand-alone solar agriculture pumps, while the Component-C foresees solarisation of 10 lakh grid-connected agriculture pumps.
The guidelines detailed that the Component-A and Component-C will be implemented primarily on a pilot mode for 1,000 MW capacity and one lakh grid-connected agriculture pumps, respectively, while the Component-B will be executed in complete manner with total central government support of Rs 19,036.5 crore.
Once the components A and C are successfully executed, the same shall be scaled up with essential alterations built on the learning from the pilot phase with the total central government support of Rs 15,385.5 crore.