Rajasthan 325 sunny days in a year, on Earth, the solar insolation (6-7 kWh / m 2 / day) is endowed with one. To harness the vast amount of energy, the Rajasthan government subsidized 86 percent solar-powered irrigation in 2011-12 introduced 3 HP DC submersible pump. Initially, the government has set a target of 50 pumps by the end of the 2011-12 target was increased to 500 pumps; For 2013-14 the target was increased to 10,000 pumps. During the period 2011-12, after only 14 districts were considered for implementation in 2012-13, the plan was available for 33 districts in the state.
MNRE and the Ministry of Agriculture through the financial assistance of the state government had supported. India Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) provide 30 percent of the state government, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy offers a 56% subsidy. The cost of a solar pump system Assuming that about Rs. 400,000- 450,000, the farmer will be required to pay only Rs. 56000-63000 (solar pumping system costs 14 per cent).
The scheme farmers and has created a positive impact on the lives of the natives. Groundwater while reducing the total irrigated area under cultivation increased. The gap between demand and supply of electricity decreased. Water availability, especially crops, horticultural crops, production increased greenhouse, shade-nets and agricultural technique of fertilization (3-4 times) has increased substantially. The additional 12,000 hectares of land with at least two crops every year, has been irrigated is estimated to be around.
Buoyed by the success of the first phase solar water pump, according to reports, the state government in the next stage of the pump is set to roll out a number.
As many as 14 districts in the electricity and fuel (diesel) with farmers able to save the state horticulture department will be distributed throughout the state, 3,000 solar water pumps.
“We are planning to distribute the pump by the end of February. The department already has invited expressions of interest from solar pump set manufacturers. Approximately 12 producers in rural areas to supply solar pump set is determined,” a The senior official said.
Officials say the first delivery pump at a lower price than would be paid to farmers claimed. “3HP submersible solar pump with a maximum head of 75 meters would cost about Rs 4.85 lakh, Rs 4.25 lakh, while 3HP pump would cost solar surface.”
“The last time the same pump costs approximately 5.70 million. However, prices have come down to compete,” he said.
Under the scheme, farmers only pay the remaining 14%, 86% subsidy on the cost of the pump will get.
Officials set solar pump connected to a water source that are explained. The solar panels to pump water pump motor that runs the electricity, solar energy converts. 3HP power of a solar water pump delivers approximately 15-20 units every day.
In 2008-2009, the government set up on an experimental basis was 14 pumps. Later, in 2010-11 and 1675 this year followed by 36 pumps, pumps were distributed. This was enough water in the district as “so far, more than Ganganagar farmers have taken advantage of the scheme. The last time, 621 solar pumps were not confident in Ganganagar,” senior government official Times of India told.
“A farmer for a rent subsidy for a solar pump to meet three requirements – a storage source, a drip system and they should cultivate cash crops,” he said.
Farmers working in the fields in the dark was seen as a major requirement at this stage, solar lights will be attached to the solar pumps.
Meanwhile, farmers are already using solar pump is shown satisfaction with the results.
Kulveer Singh of Ganganagar farmers have saved the money spent on fuel consumption, with the help of pump “, told the Times of India. In an hour, requires 2.5 liters of diesel, and a generator in one day at least 8 hours is run for. The solar pump is very cost effective. ”