UP to Install 30,000 Solar Water Pumps under PM Kusum Scheme


  • UP government to install solar-powered irrigation pumps in 75 districts at the cost of ₹434 crore
  • 60% of the benchmark cost will be covered by the central and state government as a grant.

To promote clean energy in the agricultural sector, the UP government will install 30,000 solar-powered irrigation pumps in the state under PM Kusum Yojana.

“The Uttar Pradesh government, in line with the intentions of CM Yogi, has set a target to install over 30,000 solar photovoltaic irrigation pumps by spending ₹434 crore under PM KUSUM Yojana in the financial year 2023-24 of which the state and central government’s shares would be ₹217.84 crore and ₹217.09 crore respectively” stated the official statement released by the chief minister’s office.

Surface and submersible solar-powered irrigation pumps will be installed in 75 districts of the state. Additionally, 60% of the benchmark cost will be covered as a grant as per the MNRE guideline.

Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Agency (UPNEDA) will be responsible for the implementation of the project.

Moreover, farmers who are keen on installing standalone solar pumps through the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund can finance their portion of the cost through a bank loan. The state and central governments will collectively provide a 6 percent interest rebate, with each contributing 3 percent.

The transition to clean energy will help farmers reduce their dependence on diesel and cut down on irrigation costs.

Individuals who wish to avail this benefit can directly register at www.upagriculture.com. The allocation will take place on a first come first serve basis.

The state of Uttar Pradesh is currently at the forefront of India’s clean energy efforts. Recently, the state announced plans to solarize the entire 296km stretch of Bundelkhand expressway. Moreover, the UP government is developing the city of Ayodhya as a solar city.

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Resource: ET Energy

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