Solarisation of Agriculture Feeders

The objective of the project is to develop a guidebook for state-level policymakers and agencies in the sustainable implementation of PM-KUSUM A and C (feeder-level solarisation). The sustainability component is defined on three parameters – 1) Economic– Making sure that states, particularly DISCOMs, can afford the scheme. 2) Social– Ensuring that small and marginal farmers benefit from the scheme. 3) Environmental– Ensuring that the scheme doesn’t contribute to the over-extraction of groundwater in water-stressed regions.

Although solarisation denotes converting power sources from conventional sources to solar power, the project is about one specific approach – solarisation of agriculture feeders using small-scale distributed solar power plants connected to the distribution substation, as specified in the PM-KUSUM guidelines. Feeder solarisation is promoted with two broad aims:

  • Improve the quality, time-of-day and availability of power supply to increase farm productivity and income
  • Reduce the power subsidy of a state by lowering their power purchase cost and savings from T&D losses

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Canadian charitable organisation, is a leading centre for research and innovation. The Institute provides practical solutions to the growing challenges and opportunities of integrating environmental and social priorities with economic development. It reports on international negotiations and share knowledge gained through collaborative projects, resulting in more rigorous research, stronger global networks, and better engagement among researchers, citizens, businesses and policy-makers.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a Delhi based research institute that specializes in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development. It is an independent, multi-dimensional organization, with capabilities in research, policy, consultancy and implementation. Their work across sectors focuses on promoting efficient use of resources, increasing access and uptake of sustainable inputs and practices & reducing the impact on environment and climate.

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Ujjwal Kumar
Policy Analyst & Deputy Head CUTS CCIER

Akash Sharma
Assistant Policy Analyst