Recently, the deadline of the PM-KUSUM (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Uttham Mahabhiyan) to install 30,000 MW solar power capacity in rural India by 2022, has been pushed to March 2026.
- PM-KUSUM Scheme was launched in 2019.
- The scheme envisages income generation for farmers from their infertile land with the establishment of solar power plants.
- Aim: To help farmers access reliable daytime solar power for irrigation, reduce power subsidies, and decarbonise agriculture.
- The Scheme consists of three components
- Component A: 10,000 MW of solar capacity through the installation of small Solar Power Plants of individual plants of capacity up to 2 MW.
- Component B: Installation of 20 lakhs standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps.
- Component C: Solarisation of 15 Lakh Grid-connected Agriculture Pumps
- Nodal Ministry: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
Q1) What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is energy derived from natural sources that are replenished at a higher rate than they are consumed.