How our Mobile towers are reducing carbon footprint
In many places of India, especially in the rural areas, power supply is erratic. Power goes off for as many as 12-18 hours in a day.As telecom industry go deeper and wider to connect all parts of India, mobile becomes the only lifeline for people and communities. An average mobile tower consumes 96 kw of power daily and in areas of weak power supply, diesel consumption can average 24 litres per day. In order to reduce dependency of diesel backup for towers, Bharti Infratel had embarked on a drive to adopt cleaner technologies.
To start with, Bharti Infratel is leading the way with solar energy. It is powering mobile towers with solar photo voltaic cells in remote rural India. The Solar Photo Voltaic uses sunlight to generate electricity thus eliminating dependency on grid power and diesel. This is a stand alone system which can be installed on a tower location. The installation process is easy and once installed the equipment needs almost zero maintenance, keeping operating costs at a minimum. Its lifespan of 25 years provides the tower with a stable and permanent source of power, minus noise pollution or toxic emissions. On an average,installion of solar photo voltaic cells can lead to reduction of 18-20 tons of CO2 emission per tower every year.
Mobile towers are the lifeline of any cellular network. A smooth network depends on uninterrupted and adequate supply of power. In many parts of India, power supply is erratic. Most towers have a diesel generator backup. The telecom industry, with over 3,80,000 towers, is the largest consumer of diesel today.
Bharti Infratel, one of India’s top tower companies, has taken a pioneering step towards replacing diesel generators with solar energy, reducing Co2 emissions by 2.5 tonnes per tower every year.