Solar Solution: Greening telecom in India

By by Varun Mitta, Solar Novus Today:

Telecommunication installations contribute greatly to atmospheric pollution. Globally telecommunications comprises 35% of the total Information and Communications Technology (ICT) contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. And in India it’s even higher because of the aggressive growth in the telecom sector.

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India currently has 3,100,000 tower sites out of which over 30,000 are in off-grid areas. However, the majority are run by diesel generators, whether on-grid or off, due to the intermittent power supply. The total annual consumption of diesel fuel by these towers is 2 billion litres, as a result of which 5 megatons of CO2 is produced annually. A total of 8 megatons CO2 is emitted by towers due to annual grid electricity consumption… Read more

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