Telecom companies can save Rs 80,000 crore by using renewable fuel source

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Telecom companies can save Rs 80,000 crore by using renewable fuel source: Greenpeace - The Economic Times

Telecom companies can save up to Rs 80,000 crore over the next eight years by replacing diesel with a renewable energy source to power towers, says a report released by NGO Greenpeace today.

"With an ambition to be diesel free by 2020, 12.5 per cent of these towers need to be retrofitted (with renewable energy source) every year...telecom companies average savings would be Rs 10,000 crore every year that adds up to nearly Rs 80,000 crore over the 8 year period," the report said.

It added the government will be able to save subsidies of around Rs 273 crore every year from reduction in use of diesel.

The report said India has 4,00,000 network towers and over 70 per cent of them are located in off-grid (not connected to electricity supplied through grid), rural and semi-urban locations.

It estimates that 60 per cent of these towers are placed in indoor shelters as the old generation equipment cannot function beyond certain temperatures.

"Currently rural outdoor tower sites' biggest expense is caused by per unit (kWh) electricity from diesel...In such areas, the unit cost of electricity can go up to as high as Rs 80-90/kWh," the report said.

The NGO's report said that as first step, telecom companies should eliminate diesel consumption in rural and semi-urban areas that account for 70 per cent of total towers.

"This constitutes a total of 280,000 towers, out of which around 20 per cent are in areas where the average electricity availability is less than 4 hours," the report said.

It added that companies should gradually eliminate diesel from towers in urban regions.

"This would eliminate an average of 390 million litres of diesel usage every year and an estimated amount of about 3 to 3.2 billion litres by 2020...it would also prevent a carbon emission on an average of 1 million tons every year into the atmosphere," the report said.
 

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I think telecos can use Solar power for BTS.
 


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Mobile phones have become an integral part of our life. But when was the last time you sat back and thought about all that goes behind powering your mobile phone and the network? Currently there are over 900 Million Indian people who use mobile phones. As this number increases, so does the need for energy to power the mobile towers.

Greenpeace is calling on the telecom industry to focus on managing its energy and carbon by substantially shifting its power generation for network operations to renewable sources, and to proactively advocate for economy-wide policies that combat climate change and increase the use of renewable energy.

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A lot of BTS are solar powered in areas with inconsistent power supply.The problem in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai is that the solar pv can be overshadowed by the larger buildings next to them thus giving a poor performance.Plus solar power is like paying upfront which no telecom player wants to do considering the slump in telecom sector and the current government extorting huge sums of money from them in the name of spectrum sale.