The Gujarat government on 23 June 2018 launched a solar power scheme for farmers- Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) enabling them to generate electricity for their captive consumption as well as sell the surplus power to the grid and earn an extra buck.
Announcing the pilot project of the scheme in Gandhinagar, chief minister Vijay Rupani termed it a revolutionary step towards empowering farmers to generate their own electricity using solar energy and help to double their income. The State and Central governments will give 60 percent subsidy on the cost of the project. The farmer is required to take 5 percent cost, while 35 percent will be provided to him as an affordable loan with interest rates of 4.5-6 percent.
This is a first such scheme in the country, where a farmer would produce his power and sell the surplus to the State power utility. The scheme envisages setting up of separate feeders for agricultural solar energy consumption. Under the pilot project, which is likely to kick off from July 2, about 137 feeders will be set up.
This is one of the measures to achieve the goal of doubling farmer’s income. Also, this will provide farmers 12-hours power supply during the daytime, a demand farmers have been making for long.