The department of telecom (DoT) plans to provide subsidies and incentives to operators using renewable energy.
Some of the incentives include 30 per cent subsidy on the total cost of making 200 towers eco-friendly in a certain area and supporting the rollout of eco-friendly towers in rural areas.
Panchabuta has earlier reported that, a proposal is being finalized by the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) that is aimed at containing the use of polluting diesel generators to provide back-up power for cellphone towers.
There has been a lot of activity in the cell phone tower space with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) awarding a tender for powering Cellphone sites using Solar Energy in Western Uttar Pradesh in India.
In a major step recently, the government announced that as many as 400 telecom towers will be powered by solar panels. The towers, which will get started in April in a Rs. 120-crore project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), will kick off in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and involve state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and tower infrastructure firm GTL and Indus Towers.
Of the 400 towers, installed at Rs. 30 lakh each, 100 will be of BSNL. The ministry will subsidise about 30 % of the tower costs.
According to reports today, the government is considering use of solar energy to tide over power deficiency impeding installation of mobile phone towers in tribal and hilly areas, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
“We have to solarise the mobile towers,” minister of state of IT and telecommunication Sachin Pilot said during question hour.
He said power shortage in some states was impeding installation of these towers there and added that government was looking at various options, including public private partnership, to make up for the deficiency.
The minister said while 604 towers of BSNL installed in tribal areas of Orissa have already been activated, 46 of 1023 towers in Jharkhand and 107 out of 759 towers in Chhattisgarh are still be activated.