As Panchabuta has often discussed here, there exists a huge opportunity for cleantech companies providing solutions in the cell phone tower space. Senior technical experts from the tower companies in discussion with Panchabuta have opined that the telecom industry is looking for complete hybrid solutions that can match the expectations of the telecom tower infrastructure players and their availability and service levels.
Further the energy costs is about 8% of the revenue generated for most operators and power and fuel contributes to about 25% of the total network cost.
They are also looking to the cleantech industry not just to provide Solar panel solutions but provide complete solutions. Most tower companies have told us that they are looking at the ‘outsourced’ kind of model above where they are looking at a OPEX fee model from generated savings to create a win-win solution and help promote green and cleantech companies.
This model can easily be replicated in the Railways and Defence sectors in specific applications and some early movers have started working on these opportunities.
According to reports, Uninor has won the prestigious Green Globe Award at the TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute) organized Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2011.
Uninor’s entry was an assessment report of one of its pilot projects, the Green Initiative Opex Model. The model includes green initiatives like implementation of free cooling units, fuel catalysts and solar power equipment at Uninor tower sites. Due to unreliable power supply to many telecom towers in India, a majority of towers are today heavily dependent on diesel generators for uninterrupted service. Uninor’s pilot project showed not only a reduction in carbon footprint, but also savings of up to 30% on the operating cost. Uninor plans to implement 8000 free cooling units, 10 000 fuel catalysts and 200 solar powered base transceiver stations (BTS) across India.
“Uninor is committed to responsible and sustainable business practices. Environment and climate will be important considerations in our business decisions. Under the new Climate Strategy for 2011, we hope to launch many new initiatives that will reaffirm our intent. This is just the beginning,” said Rajiv Bawa, EVP, Corporate Affairs, Uninor; while receiving the award.