Telecom companies Bharti Infratel and OMC Power have entered into a partnership to power Bharti’s off-grid and poor grid telecom tower sites in rural India, using renewable energy sources.
The initiative complements Bharti’s green initiative, GreenTowers P7, under which the company is actively promoting the use of renewable sources to power its towers.
Currently, the Indian company has over 33,000 towers, of which nearly 9,000 are in poor grid locations.
Under this agreement, OMC will set up Micropower plants in off-grid and low-grid locations, which will generate electricity primarily using renewable energy sources.
As a result, the company will be able to reduce the use of diesel-powered gensets currently used to power these towers.
Anil Raj, OMC Power’s co-founder and CEO, said the company’s Micropower plants have been designed specifically for rural areas.
"We have moved power from Capex to Opex and can supply more electricity at a better price than operators can by doing it themselves," Raj added.
The initiative will also benefit rural households in the local community by supplying electricity to power fans, lighting, televisions, and water pumps.
Sairam Prasad, Bharti Infratel operations and maintenance head, said: "The Resco model will help Towercos whose core competency is to enable telecom reach – and what better if it’s primarily based on green and renewable energy sources."