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Web Exclusive | August 2013

Plea to review the Centre's subsidy on solar pumps

Under the Off-grid and Decentralised Solar Applications Programme of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has been extending a subsidy of 30 per cent of the cost of solar water pumping system limited to Rs 57,000 per kWp having module capacity upto 5 kWp for irrigation and other purposes.

The Chief Minister of Punjab has recently written a letter requesting for a review of the programme of solar pumps for agriculture and restoration of subsidy to the pre 2004-05 levels of 80 per cent with a 10 per cent contribution by the State and balance 10 per cent by the beneficiary.

This information was given by the Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah in the Rajya Sabha recently.

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