MNRE issues guidelines for implementation of Component-C of PM-KUSUM Scheme

Nov 13, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on November 08, 2019, has issued guidelines for implementation of Component-C of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme on Solarization of Grid-connected Agricultural Pumps. The Component-C of PM KUSUM Scheme is a new initiative from the Government of India aimed at ensuring reliable day time power supply for irrigation, reducing subsidy burden on Discoms and providing additional sources of income to the farmers. The guidelines for implementation of PM KUSUM Scheme issued on July 22, 2019, provides that Central PSUs or State Implementing Agencies (IAs) will carry out tendering process as per the guidelines, standards and specifications issued by MNRE for Component-C. Accordingly, these guidelines are being issued aiming towards smooth implementation of Component-C.

The guidelines include the followings:-

1. The options for solarisation of agricultural pumps through Net-metering and Pump to run on solar power only.

2. Selection of Feeders and load survey:- Feeder-wise implementation is to be carried out under this component for solarisation of grid-connected agricultural pumps. Feeders may be selected on the basis of load, technical and commercial losses, number of consumers, etc. Efforts should be made to solarise all agriculture pumps in a feeder, however, IAs may impose a minimum solarisation requirement for a feeder in terms of minimum % of pumps solarized on that feeder.

3. Tariff and Energy Accounting and Payments:- The DISCOM will purchase solar power from the farmer at the rate decided by the respective State or SERC. Component-C of the PM KUSUM Scheme will be implemented on pilot basis, therefore, the IAs may workout innovative technical and financial models and test them during the pilot phase.

4. Implementation arrangement and tendering:- Once the feeders are identified and implementation model is selected the IA will conduct information and awareness campaign for the farmers to share the details of the scheme and educate them about the implementation model and benefits of participation in the scheme.

5. System Specifications:- MNRE has issued updated specifications for stand-alone solar water pumping system which cover specifications for solar modules, MMS and other balance of system as minimum system specifications for solarisation of grid connected agriculture pumps.

6. Quality, Efficiency and Maintenance:- The systems installed under this Programme should meet technical specification and construction standards as specified by BIS and MNRE from time to time. Non-compliance will be taken seriously to the extent of blacklisting of the vendor. The vendors shall provide valid test certificates for equipment and system, which may be verified from the issuing agency, if required. To ensure the quality, inspection shall be carried out at factory level before despatch of major items e.g. solar modules, inverter or controller, MMS, etc., during the installation of system and final commissioning of the system. To ensure timely maintenance of the system the vendor shall have one authorized service centre in each operational district and a helpline in local language in each operational State.

7. Monitoring:- It will be mandatory for implementing agency to create remote monitoring system to monitor performance of the system post-installation. The remote monitoring system will consist of smart meters, communication hardware or IoT devices, software interface, web and mobile application and internet connection.

8. Interpretation of the Guidelines:- 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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