KVG Bank, Bengaluru Firm to Provide Solar Pumps to Karnataka Farmers

Highlights :

  • Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank has the largest branch network in rural areas and offers solar loan schemes.
  • Bengaluru-based MECWIN Technologies specialises in the production and management of solar irrigation pump sets.
KVG Bank, Bengaluru Firm to Provide Solar Pumps to Karnataka Farmers PHED tender for solarization of pumps

Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVG Bank) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bengaluru-based MECWIN Technologies Ltd to introduce farmer- friendly solar-powered pump sets through bank’s finance.

KVGB general manager P Srinivas Rao and MECWIN Technologies co-founder Shivakumar H M signed the agreement in the presence of KVGB chairman P Gopi Krishna here on Saturday.

Gopi Krishna said KVGB, besides being the first bank to introduce solar loan schemes, is in the forefront in financing solar lights and sustainable energy solutions to under- served households and businesses class in association with SELCO for the last 25 years.

“Time has come for farmers to use solar energy because of farmer-friendly innovation has taken place. Solar power is continuous and farmers have direct access to it. Though the equipment and installation seems to be slightly higher in the initial period it will become inexpensive in the long run.. If diesel pumps are replaced with solar-powered pump sets, carbon emissions will reduce significantly,” he said.

The MoU will benefit farmers as MECWIN Technologies is specialised in the production and management of solar irrigation pump sets and the bank is having largest branch network in rural areas with better financial products, he added.

Shivakumara said solar pumpsets manufactured by the company have been popular. There are more than 15,000 satisfied farmers across Karnataka, he added.

Farmers have to think of solar pumps as a way to battle irrigation issues and reduce carbon emissions. Intensive deployment of solar pumps can reduce ongoing subsidies to the farm sector and improve energy access to farmers, he said.

Stating that Mecwin Technologies Ltd has a presence in more than 25 states and 18 countries, he said solar-powered pumps from 1 HP to 50 HP are suitable for borewells, open wells and other irrigation projects. This technique can also be applied to drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation, he said.

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