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PM-KUSUM Scheme Extends till 2026, Empowering Over 2.46 Lakh Farmers with Clean Energy

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The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme has received an extension, now effective until March 31, 2026.

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In a bid to revolutionize the farm sector and promote clean energy adoption, the Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power has highlighted the main objectives and targets of PM-KUSUM scheme. The ambitious program aims to de-dieselize the farm sector, provide water and energy security to farmers, increase their income, and curb environmental pollution.

The PM-KUSUM scheme consists of three components:

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  1. Component ‘A’: Installing small solar power plants of up to 2 MW capacity on barren/fallow land of farmers, with a target of 10 GW capacity.
  2. Component ‘B’: Installing 20 lakh standalone off-grid solar water pumps.
  3. Component ‘C’: Solarizing 15 lakh existing grid-connected agriculture pumps and implementing feeder level solarization.

The scheme operates on a demand-driven basis, with quantities and capacities allocated based on requests received from the States/Union Territories (UTs). Funds are allocated considering the type and capacity of systems and the progress of installation reported by State Implementing Agencies.

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To expedite progress towards the PM-KUSUM targets, the government has implemented various measures, including extending the scheme till March 2026 and providing Central Financial Assistance (CFA) for pump capacity up to 15 HP in specific regions. The government has also engaged with banks and financial institutions to ensure low-cost financing options for farmers.

In addition, several modifications have been made to the scheme’s guidelines, including extending the implementation period, relaxing performance bank guarantee requirements, and revising tender conditions to boost installer base and expedite benefits under the scheme.

The scheme emphasizes the use of indigenous solar modules and components, promoting the domestic manufacturing sector and self-reliance in renewable energy production.

The PM-KUSUM scheme has achieved significant milestones and is poised to play a crucial role in enhancing water and energy security for farmers, fostering sustainable agriculture, and contributing to India’s clean energy transition. With continuous monitoring and periodic amendments, the government is committed to driving renewable energy growth in the agricultural sector and achieving its ambitious targets in a timely manner.

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