Delhi Govt. Approves Farmers’ Solar Scheme

With plans to promote clean energy, Chief Minister of Delhi announced The Mukhyamantri Kisan Aay Badhotri Solar Yojana,    a solar farm scheme under which the income of farmers from their present estimated annual income of Rs 20,000 to 30,000 per acre annually will raise to Rs 1 lakh per acre in the first year itself and an annual increment at 6 per cent will take it to Rs 4.04 lakhs per acre in the 25th year of agreement. Earnings of farmers would see a jump of “three-to-five times” for letting a maximum of one-third surface area of their agricultural land to be used for installation of solar panels in their farm.

Some of the salient features of agriculture-cum solar farm program are –

  • Farmers will also get 1,000 units of free power per acre from the solar project every year
  • To install one MW solar project, six acres of land will be needed, and it could generate 1.3 million units of electricity annually.
  • The minimum structure height of placing solar plant is at 3.5 meter, the structure should also be spaced enough to allow the movement of tractor and other farming equipment
  • The maximum surface area that can be used for solar installation is one third so that agriculture activity is not affected
  • Farmers will not have to invest anything for the capacity building as it will be done under RESCO model
  • Solar power developers will enter into PPA with Delhi government departments like health department, PWD, Delhi Jal Board etc. which are currently buying power at commercial or higher rates.

This is in continuation of Delhi Solar Policy 2016, which is applicable for any system of 1KW or more, Also announcement will help the farmers in the region and is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to double farmer’s income by 2022.

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