There is a growing need for solar pumps among rural off-grid areas in India. A recent report from Smart Power India indicated that only 65% of rural areas are grid-connected and are still reliant on old-fashioned electric (21 million) and diesel-run (8.8 million) pumps for power. The demand for sustainable irrigation is far more than the currently available pumping capacity. The initial cost of installing solar pumps, the heavily subsidized electricity supply to the rural sector and the lack of awareness about the benefits of this renewable form of energy are some of the reasons that have prevented a sizeable chunk of the farmer community from shifting to this cleaner and easier mode of operation.

To improve the scenario, the central government has introduced a noble initiative of adding 30.8 GW of solar energy, including two million off-grid solar water pumps (SWP) by 2022 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyam (PM-KUSUM) Scheme. This drive aims to enhance the prospects of agriculture in the country as well as provide our farmers with greater financial security, including more access to sustainable water by generating solar power on the farms.

Economic and environmental benefits of solar pumps

Scaling up of solar power irrigation would provide a wide array of benefits to the agri-sector and towards the holistic progress of the country. Some of them include:

  • Providing rural India with greater ‘access to energy’, with a cost-effective mode of irrigation with low maintenance requirements.
  • According to a recent study by ‘IWMI-Tata’, ‘Greenpeace India’ and ‘GERMI’, introduction of 5.5 HP solar pumps will help the government achieve 70% of its renewable energy target and also help exceed India’s solar energy goal of 100 GW of capacity.
  • Replacing the use of diesel engines with solar water pumps that operate with zero carbon footprint, which will help India achieve 38% of its 175 GW ‘green energy’ target by 2022.
  • Reducing the farmer’s dependency on monsoons and increasing crop yield up to four times.
  • Reducing the usage of coal, which will help save on fuel cost and lead to Forex savings as well.
  • Reducing the need of heavily subsidized electric supply to the agri-sector, which will help overcome the financial distress of distribution companies (DISCOMs).
  • Introduction of more solar pumps, which will provide an impetus to the government’s ‘Made in India’ initiative since more demand will facilitate domestic production.
  • Improving the quality of lives of farmers: Solar powered irrigation pumps will provide power supply for longer hours, which will increase their agricultural productivity and overall income.

Nimbus Solar Solutions: meeting all solar needs

With a Pan-India presence, Nimbus Solar Solutions is a one-stop solution to ensure the best transition to solar energy from conventional sources. It boasts of the latest upgradation in solar products and is backed by technical excellence through a team of dedicated engineers and technicians. The company is trusted for its sound knowledge about the industry including the various tax exemptions, capital subsidies and incentives offered by the government. Having established itself as a pioneer in the field of solar energy and irrigation over the past five decades, the company is committed to play its part in ensuring the best turnkey solutions for drip and sprinkler irrigation with a solar power source.

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References:

  1. https://smartpowerindia.org/over-80-of-mini-grid-users-in-india-satisfied-with-their-connections/
  2. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/energy/solar-irrigation-can-transform-indian-agriculture-enhance-livelihoods-of-small-to-marginal-farmers-77608
  3. https://ieefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Indias-Vast-Potential-in-Solar-Powered-Irrigation-.pdf