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Surya Raitha: DKSa�� empowering scheme for farmers!

Surya Raitha is an empowering scheme brought by Energy Minister DK Shivakumar for farmers.
What is Surya Raitha scheme?

Surya Raitha is harnessing the Solar Energy to empower farmers. For the first time in India, Govt of Karnataka has implemented an innovative scheme to harness the solar energy for the benefit of the farmers.

How does Surya Raitha benefit the farmers?
The project helps the farmers in irrigation purposes. By installing 10 KWH solar plants, the unique project ensures that farmers need not be dependent on grid supply to power their irrigation pump sets, but they can also sell the excess power back to the Government.

Speaking about the project, the Energy Minister DK Shivakumar said, a�?The project is a win-win situation for the government as well as farmers. While for the government the power subsidy burden will come down, farmers will get quality power besides having an alternate source of incomea�?.

Karnataka Governmenta��s revolutionary solar policy 2014-21 is the brainchild of Energy Minister and DK Shivakumar & CM Siddaramaiah to empower the farmers.

Mission & Vision of Surya Raitha Scheme
Solar Energy is generated throughout the year. Since farmers do not run the irrigation pump sets throughout the day in all the seasons of the year, they can sell the excess power generated to the grid which is an additional income to their family.

A farmer can install a solar power run-pumpset on his farm with 90% of subsidy from the Govt. As stated, the Govt will purchase the excess power generated by the farmer at Rs. 7.08 per unit (if the farmer has not availed subsidy), Rs. 6.03 per unit (if the farmer has availed subsidy) respectively.

However, the scheme is especially designed for the irrigation pump (IP) sets on the dedicated IP feeders.
The farmers having 10 KWH solar power plant can earn Rs. 50,000 per annum apart from their self consumption for irrigation through Surya Raitha scheme. This program benefits the farmers especially during the drought or unseasonal rains.

Through Surya Raitha, Govt aims to reduce the subsidy burden by encouraging more farmers to generate their own source of power needed for irrigation pump sets.

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Interestingly, the revised solar policy 2014-21 ensures power adaptation in different sectors like industrial, commercial and residential. On the work front, Horabele village near Kanakapura is the first village in the country to have a dedicated feeder supplying solar power to farmers. On the whole, 300 farmers in Horabele have been benefited by Surya Raitha scheme.

Thanks to Energy Minister DK Shivakumar for bringing Solar Raitha scheme for Karnataka.

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