In response to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommendations dated 12.04.2011, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) decided to adopt measures to green the Telecommunications sector and issued directions for implementation of green technology on 23.01.2012. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that to examine the Technical feasibility and financial viability, DoT undertook 20 Pilot projects in USOF Ph.-I sites using Green Energy (SPV & SPV-wind hybrid) with support from Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Based on the outcome of these pilots, MNRE further extended subsidy support to Telecom operators for carrying out 400 RET projects. The Telecom Industry has executed RET projects on RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) model. Approximately 2500 mobile towers are working on Renewable Energy Technology.
A committee consisting of officers from DoT & Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), RESCO and Telecom Industry representatives have been constituted on 25th March, 2013 to facilitate increased use of alternative sources (Renewable Energy Technologies) for powering Telecom networks, develop sector specific schemes for promotion of green technologies and propose a program for deployment Renewable Energy option in the Telecom Sector.