Bharti Infratel and OMC Announce Partnership to Power Telecom Towers in Rural India Using Renewable Energy Sources
New Delhi, August 2, 2012: Bharti Infratel, a leading passive telecom infrastructure provider, and OMC Power, a new Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO), today announced an innovative partnership for powering Bharti Infratel’s off-grid and poor grid telecom tower sites in rural areas using renewable energy sources. This initiative will complement Bharti Infratel’s award winning green initiatives called GreenTowers P7 under which the company is actively promoting use of renewable sources to power its towers.
Under this partnership, OMC will set up Micropower plants in off-grid and low grid locations. These power plants will generate electricity primarily using renewable energy sources and supply energy to Infratel’s tower sites. This will help reduce the use of diesel-powered gensets currently used to power these towers. In addition, this initiative will benefit rural households in the local community vicinity by supplying them electricity to power fans, lighting, televisions, and water pumps etc.
Bharti Infratel currently has over 33,000 towers, of which nearly 9000 are in off-grid / poor grid locations. Following successful joint trials, OMC has already built the first Micropower Plant in Uttar Pradesh as part of this 10-year agreement.
Sairam Prasad, Chief Technical Officer & Head of O&M at Bharti Infratel, said: “OMC Power is a very welcome renewable energy partner and we are delighted to join hands with them. While great progress has been made in providing telecoms in rural areas, this has been largely achieved without grid-power availability – a key ingredient in providing telecom uptime to this critical infrastructure. 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.”
Anil Raj, co-founder and CEO of OMC Power, said: “Our 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”.
OMC has partnered with established technology companies to build its Micropower Plants and is using a combination of wind, solar, diesel and battery back-up to ensure a constant supply of power. Using a hybrid of techniques means that at any point in time power will be drawn from the most suitable source with little or no wastage.
Areef Kassam, Manager of the GSMA’s Green Power for Mobile programme, said: “We are excited about this announcement. The telecom market is in need of more Renewable Energy Service Companies (RESCO) like OMC, to help mobile operators and towercos reduce their costs at off-grid rural sites. With over 1.4 billion people living without access to electricity and 500 million off-grid mobile connections, operators are constantly looking for new ways to provide a commercially viable service”.
About Bharti Infratel
Bharti Infratel Limited is India’s leading telecom tower infrastructure service provider. The company deploys, owns and manages telecom towers and communication structures, for various mobile operators across 18 states of India and has been the industry pioneer in adopting green energy initiatives across its tower network.
Infratel has a vast footprint of over 33,000+ towers and holds a 42 per cent stake in Indus Towers Limited – a Joint Venture between Bharti Infratel, Vodafone & Idea Cellular. For more information, visit http://www.bharti-infratel.com
Bharti Infratel’s GreenTowers P7 programme is scoped for 24,000 tower sites (primarily rural areas having low or no Grid Power availability) out of which over 10,500 sites have already been implemented in the first year as a part of this 3-year program. Once completed, the initiative will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emission by around 1.5 lac MT per year. The project already holds the unique distinction of being one of the largest of such initiatives around the world, while also having the largest green footprint in India, by any telecom tower company. For more information on the same, please view: www.bharti-infratel.com/cps-portal/web/gogreen.html
About OMC Power
OMC is a new type of power company that finances, builds, operates and maintains Micropower Plants so that tower companies and mobile operators can buy electricity directly from OMC rather than running their own diesel generators, solar panels and wind turbines. Additionally, the Micropower Plants provide electricity to residents and businesses in nearby villages.
OMC aims to become a global power company serving 100s of millions of people at the bottom of the pyramid and many thousands of telecom towers.
The company was founded and is run by a number of telecom industry veterans. Its CEO and co-founder, Anil Raj, was the start-up CEO of Hutch India and launched India’s first mobile network. He has also served as President of Ericsson’s Indian and Indonesian operations. Rohit Chandra, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of OMC, was previously COO of Uninor, Executive Director at Aircel and EVP at Ericsson India. For more details please visit www.omcpower.com
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