According to reports, accused of damaging environment with excessive use of diesel generators in hinterlands to run their towers and causing radiation, telcos have written to renewable energy producers (Rescos) offering to draw their complete output.
Leading the charge are the apex telecom industry bodies–GSM operators body Coai and CDMA lobby Aupsi–which have jointly placed a power purchase order with seven Rescos to power as many as 1 lakh telecom towers, in their effort to bring down carbon emission from diesel-fired generators.
“The umbrella body of telecom tower companies, Tower & Infrastructure Providers Association (Taipa), had two months ago sent a request for proposal (RFP) to seven Rescos like Moser Bayer and ABB among others informing their readiness to buy their entire generation to power our 1 lakh towers,” Cellular Operators Association of India (Coai) Director General Rajan S Mathews told PTI here over the weekend.
The Taipa representatives could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. On their response, Mathews said though the initial response was positive, these power companies have some doubts about the viability of such projects and that they are in talks with companies to iron out the issues.
Telecom towers, which are over 1 lakh together, burnt diesel worth over Rs 12,500 crore last fiscal to run generator sets to supply power to towers raising yet another concern about the pollution hazard that telecom companies are causing, apart from the radiation risks from telecom towers.
On sharing telecom towers as a way to bring down air pollution as also the alleged radiation threats, which both Coai and Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (Aupsi)–allayed as “unfounded and scientifically not proven,” Mathews said, “Already 70 percent towers have over two customers and the rest have three to four.”