Rajasthan has become the first State to complete the selection of farmers for installation of solar power plants at their land with the capacity exceeding the targets set by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RREC) has allotted 722 MW plants to 623 farmers under the Centre’s scheme.
The Centre’s Kisan Urja Suraksha Utthan Maha Abhiyaan (KUSUM) scheme envisages income generation for farmers from their infertile or semi-barren land. While the farmers can sell the power generated from the solar plants to discoms, the solar pumps can also be installed for irrigation of agricultural land.
RREC chairman and Principal Secretary (Energy) Ajitabh Sharma said here on Thursday that the farmers would get regular income from their solar power plants of 0.5 MW to 2 MW capacity for the next 25 years. “The solar plants with the highest capacity are going to be installed in Rajasthan,” he said.