DoT for running towers on renewable energy
August 31st, 2013

Concerned over the widespread usage of diesel by over six lakh telecom towers in the countrythe telecom department is working on running towers on renewable energy, starting with non-grid areas.

Telecom companies are estimated to be the second-biggest consumers of diesel in the country, behind only the railways. Apart from leading to high carbon emissions, diesel usage by telecom towers is also a big drain on the exchequer as the loss to the government on account of the cheaper fuel is pegged at over Rs 4,500 crore.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has initiated projects in non-grid areas in around 20 states where they power the towers using green energy sources like solar panels and wind energy. The tests have been found to have “worked out well” and there are now plans to actively spread them to more regions, sources said.

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