Sustainable Implementation of PM-KUSUM and Solar Irrigation in India

This webinar, corresponding with the launch of the Guidebook for State Policy-Makers on Maximizing the Social and Environmental Benefits from Solar Pump Schemes, provided participants with a first look at the guidebook's findings, presenting key takeaways and recommendations. This guidebook has been developed in cooperation with the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and is dedicated to supporting state policy-makers and agencies in India in the sustainable implementation of solar irrigation, considering both social and environmental sustainability. First, on social outcomes, how can schemes maximize benefits for low-income farmers? Second, on the environment front, how can schemes minimise risks of over-withdrawal of groundwater?

Through a panel discussion with a diverse range of experts on the topic of a water–energy–food nexus approach for maximizing the potential of the PM-KUSUM scheme in India, participants were encouraged to engage with the research and provide inputs for further strengthening the implementation of solar irrigation schemes at the state and regional levels.

The webinar and related guidebook were developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and research partners, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), and the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) as part of the Promotion of Solar Water Pumps project supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. More than 50 persons participated in the virtual launch event.

Please find the guidebook here. For more information please contact Mr. Florian Postel, florian.postel(at)