In the Karnataka state, solar projects aggregating 140 MW
have been commissioned so far, under farmers program. These projects have been constructed on land
held by farmers in the state.
In 2015, the government launched a program under which 300
MW (with projects ranging from 1 to 3 MW) of solar was to be developed by farmers on land held by them at a very
lucrative tariff of Rs.8.40 (~$0.1254)/kWh. Under this program, farmers are
provided with a central subsidy of Rs.50,00,000 (~$79,365)/MW.
According to Mercom’s India
Solar Project Tracker, 154 projects totaling 306 MW
was awarded under this program.
projects have demanded time extension to complete construction and respective
DISCOMs (distribution companies) in the state have given their approval and the
projects have been provided with a six-month extension. We expect the entire
capacity to be onboard (commissioned) towards the second half of 2017, stated a