Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjeet Singh today announced that Punjab Government would launch a pilot project at Nathu Chahal feeder of Kapurthala district to convert every farmer from power consumer to power producer. This project will enable farmers not only to use solar power to run their tubewells but they will also sell this power during idle period. Nathu Chahal Feeder with 100 percent of segregation of agriculture feeder has 63 transformers connected with 178 pumps having pumping capacity of 1899 Horse Power (HP) and average Pump load of 10.66 HP. The total units consumed at feeder level from August 2016 to October 2017 were 23.76 Lakh Units and the total subsidy paid per year at the cost of Rs 6 per unit was 142.56 Lakh. Announcing this pilot project here while addressing the function organized to launch a massive awareness campaign for promotion of UJALA programme, Rana Gurjeet Singh said that Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has been committed to boost the growth rate of the state by opting innovative ideas. Power Minister who himself has expertise in power generation, said that this pilot project would be used to study the feasibility of this project so that it can be successfully implemented in the entire state during next 5 years.
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