As many as 34,941 solar water pumps have been installed so far in the country as against the 1,38,267 sanctioned ,Parliament was informed today.
"A total of 1,38,267 solar pumps have been sanctioned throughout the country and 34,941 pumps have been installed," New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
Goyal said that the ministry has issued supplementary guidelines for one lakh solar pumps during 2014-15 fiscal and Rs 353.50 crore was released to various agencies.
"Some states are subsidising solar pumps, so that farmers take this up in a big way. The ministry has also made provision in guidelines for injecting surplus power in the grid so that farmers can get some returns on the investment," the minister told the House.
According to the statement, the maximum number of solar water pumps for irrigation were installed in Rajasthan. As many as 23,603 pumps were installed in the state against the sanctioned 31,505 so far, followed by Punjab (1857), Madhya Pradesh (1806) and Uttar Pradesh (1653).
However, Jharkhand and Telangana have not installed any solar water pump against the 1,400 and 4,225 sanctioned, respectively.
No solar water pump has been sanctioned for Sikkim as per the minister's statement in the House.
Government has sanctioned 15,330 solar water pumps for drinking in 15 states. However, only 200 such pumps are installed so far.
The ministry has empanelled 53 solar pump system integrators to operate through NABARD. However, out of the 30,000 solar pumps for irrigation to be installed through NABARD, only 100 have been installed so far.
News Source : Business Standard