Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE), after consultation with state governments, issued Guidelines for Implementation of Feeder Level Solarisation under Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the PM-KUSUM scheme in its meeting held on 19.2.2019. The Scheme consists of three components. The Component-A includes installation of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants, Component-B includes installation of standalone Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps and Component-C includes Solarisation of Grid-connected Agriculture Pumps.
The Distribution Company (DISCOM)/Power Department will be the implementing agency for feeder level solarisation in their respective areas. However, the state Government may appoint any other expert agency to help DISCOM for tendering and other related activities of installation of solar power plants for feeder level solarisation.
Feeder level solar power plant may be installed to cater to the requirement of power for a single feeder or for multiple agriculture feeders emanating from a distribution sub-station (DSS) to feed power at 11 kV or at the higher voltage level side of the DSS depending upon on factors like availability of land, technical feasibility, etc., and there is no cap of the capacity of solar power plant for feeder level solarisation.
The state may choose to install feeder level solar power plant of capacity higher than capacity required for supplying power to agriculture feeder. The additional solar power generated may be used for supplying nearby rural/urban loads during day time or alternatively stored/banked for supplying power during evening hours for lighting/induction cooking and other household purposes. However, in this case CFA will be limited for solar capacity required for supplying power to the agriculture feeder.
For installation of feeder level solar power plants through the RESCO model, the developers will be selected on the basis of lowest tariff offered for supply of required solar power for a period of 25 years. The developer will get CFA @ 30% of the estimated cost of installation of solar power plant i.e. Rs. 1.05 Cr/MW (30% of Rs. 3.5 Cr/MW).
States may choose to provide upfront subsidy in lieu of electricity subsidy being given to agriculture consumers. This upfront subsidy from state could be in the form of VGF to RESCO developer, in addition to 30% CFA, to supply power to farmers of an agriculture feeder at present subsidised rates or any other rate fixed by state Government. For example, if present subsidised rate for agriculture is Rs. 1.50/kWh, the RESCO developer will be selected on the basis of lowest VGF bidded for supply of solar power at Rs. 1.50/kWh.
CFA up to 100% of the total eligible CFA will be released to the RESCO developer through DISCOM on successful commissioning and declaration of Commercial Operation Date (COD) of solar power plant.
In case of feeder level solarisation, farmers will get daytime reliable solar power for irrigation, but there is no provision of selling surplus solar power. Therefore, farmers can be incentivised for saving water and enhancing their income. The DISCOMs shall assess the average power requirement by farmers of an area depending upon various factors.
All components used for installation of solar power plants shall confirm to applicable BIS/MNRE specifications and follow quality control guidelines issued by MNRE. It will be mandatory to use indigenously manufactured solar panels with indigenous solar cells and modules.
It will be mandatory for DISCOMs to monitor solar power generation and performance of the solar power plant through online system. The online data will be integrated with central monitoring portal which will extract data from the State portals for monitoring of the scheme.
In case of any ambiguity in interpretation of any of the provisions of these guidelines, the decision of the Ministry shall be final. The Guidelines would be reviewed by the Ministry from time to time and necessary modifications would be incorporated after getting approval of competent authority.
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