Farmers Granted Option to Pick Solar-Powered Tube-Wells

75 percent cost of the solar connection will be borne by the state government in the form of subsidy.

solar powered tube wells

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has rolled out the facility of solar-powered tube wells for farmers across the state. At a price point which will be nearly 40 percent less than the conventional systems received with the grid connection.

Since 1,703 applications for new connections up to 10 BHP are pending in the district, the authorities are now issuing letters to these farmers seeking their choice between off-grid solar connections from the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) or grid connections from the discoms.

Superintending Engineer, Faridabad, Pradeep Kumar Chauhan said it was for the first time that such an option had been given to farmers. Further adding that the applicants had been asked to submit their choice as soon as possible. However, no deadline for the same had been announced by the authorities so far.

According to sources, 75 percent cost of the solar connection will be borne by the state government in the form of subsidy. After which the applicants will have to pay Rs 1,52,500 for a 10 BHP connection against the total cost of Rs 6.10 lakh. Similarly, those opting for 3 and 5 BHP connections will have to pay Rs 58,750 and Rs 83,250, respectively.

The cost of a 10 BHP connection from the traditional grid is Rs 2.50 lakh. While the minimum cost of a grid connection is Rs 1,25,000. While the supply from a solar connection will be free, it is 10 paise per unit for the grid one.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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