Karnataka Surya Raitha Scheme – The State Government of Karnataka will launch the Karnataka Surya Raitha Scheme for providing solar water pump sets to the farmers. Under this scheme, the state government will replace the previous irrigation pump sets (IP Pumps) with these solar water pumps for producing excess energy. The Karnataka Government will launch this scheme on the pilot basis in Kanakapura on 19 January 2018.
Details of Karnataka Surya Raitha Scheme
Initially, the state government will replace 310 IP sets with solar water pump sets. These solar pumps hold around 1.5 times the capacity to pump more water than the previous IP Pump Sets. Apart from this, these pumps will supply 1/3rd of the total energy generated to the nearby electricity grid (assembly).
Karnataka Surya Raitha Scheme
This scheme helps farmers in irrigation purposes. With the help of this scheme, the farmers need not have to switch on their IP Sets during night. Besides this, the solar water pumps also keep a check on the power and water wastage. Apart from this, the state government will launch this scheme through funds collected from combination of farmers investment, Central & State govt. subsidy and soft-loans from Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).
The loan amount will be recovered by the BESCOM through the cost of excess energy exported in the grid. After that, it will deposit the excess amount in farmers bank account. Thus, the repayment period will be around 12 to 14 years as the amount of generated electricity and its utilization will take this amount of time
Initiatives of BSECOM
Under the Karnataka Karnataka Surya Raitha Scheme, the BESCOM will perform the following functions –
- Creation of Farmer’s Cooperatives.
- Providing channel subsidies.
- Providing soft-loans to the farmers.
- Signing Power Purchase Agreements for a span of 25 years.
- Ensuring appropriate power supply to the Pump Sets.
Benefits of Karnataka Surya Raitha Scheme
- The increment in the Agricultural Production.
- Also, Steady and Sufficient power supply during the daytime.
- Besides this, Steady Source of Income for Farmers even in the adverse climatic conditions.