Union Power Minister R.K. Singh announced that over 181,000 solar water pumps had been installed across the country by October 2019.
Chhattisgarh accounted for the highest number of installations of 60,430 solar pumps, followed by Andhra Pradesh, a distant second, with 28,267 installations.
The minister said that the area of land brought under irrigation through these solar pumps depended on factors like the capacity of the pump, type of crop, groundwater level, among others. A five horsepower (HP) solar water pump linked with a micro-irrigation system covers an area of 2.5 hectares for irrigation, Singh informed.
Singh said programs like Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (KUSUM) focuses on small and marginal farmers for the installation of solar water pumps. They are provided 7.5 HP pumps and central financial assistance (CFA) of 30% of the benchmark cost or the tender cost, depending on whichever is lower.
In some cases, CFA of 50% of the benchmark cost of the tender cost, whichever is lower, is provided in North-Eastern states, including Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.