Farmers to receive portable electricity
The project, Kisan Utthan Urja Suraksha Mahaabhiyan will be known as KUSUM Yojana.
Mumbai: The state government’s Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is mulling to start a pilot project wherein farmers will have the option of using portable electricity.
This project will enable them to use solar light during the day and electricity at night. It will not only cut down their electricity expenses but will also help them earn money by selling the solar power.
This project is based on scheme declared by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The state government has reportedly sanctioned funds for the project.
“We are waiting for the notification from Centre. Although we have kept the draft ready for the project, the project will be finalised only after we get the notification from MNRE,” said an official from MSEDCL.
The project, Kisan Utthan Urja Suraksha Mahaabhiyan will be known as KUSUM Yojana. 30 per cent of the cost will be paid by MNRE and the state will also bear the equal amount. Farmers will have to pay for the remaining 40 per cent.
“These solar pumps will be connected to feeders. If farmers transfer unused power to the grid they will get concessions in their bills,” said an officer.
This scheme will be implemented across state for new connections. Eventually old consumers will also get the portability option.