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.
Since Indus Towers India’s largest cell phone tower company owning more than 110,000 towers and owned by Bharti, Vodafone and Idea cellular with Bharati and Vodafone announced that the company has launched a plan to power 2500 towers using Solar in an initial program.
In keeping with his earlier commitment and statement on the need to solarize the mobile towers, the Minister of State for Communications and IT Sachin Pilot, said yesterday that BSNL explores those areas where private players are not interested in putting up their infrastructure. These included areas of Madhya Pardesh, Chhatisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and others, he added.
He said that the BSNL would expand its towers from existing 226 in 2010-11 to another 254 in 2011-12.
“The BSNL is also looking to put up solar equipments in place of generators to operate mobile towers,” he said.