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PRESS RELEASE: Powering Off-grid Telecom & Leading Rural Electrification

Powering Off-grid Telecom Towers and Leading the Way in Rural Electrification; Life-changing Work Recognised at Upcoming GSMA Awards

New Delhi, 14 February, 2013: OMC Power today announced that it now has 11 Micropower Plants operational in India capable of serving 150,000 people not covered by the electricity grid and supplying power to 40 off-grid telecom towers.

OMC is a Resco (Renewable Energy Service Company) and the first company to transform the provision of electricity in rural India into a commercially viable, sustainable and scalable business. Its Micropower Plants – small-scale, local power plants using renewable energy sources – vastly improve the quality of life and stimulate economic growth and prosperity in the rural areas where they are being deployed.

Last year OMC Power entered a 10-year contract with Bharti Infratel to supply power to its telecom towers in rural and remote locations. OMC Power has moved power from CAPEX to OPEX enabling telecom tower companies and mobile operators to source electricity directly from OMC Power rather than running their own diesel generators. OMC Power estimates that it has already reduced emissions of telco-generated CO2 by 2,000 metric tons annually.

OMC Power also provides electricity to residents and businesses to power mobile handsets, fans, lights and other household and business appliances.

OMC Power will be taking part in the GSMA’s upcoming Global Mobile World Congress in Barcelona:

  • OMC’s CEO and co-founder, Anil Raj, will be discussing the company’s progress on Monday 25th February as part of a seminar on Energy and Mobile for Development (9.30am – 11.30am, room C1.1).
  • OMC will be exhibiting in hall 7 (7E56), in the GSMA’s Mobile Enabled Community Services booth, and you can meet the company there all day on Tuesday 26th.
  • OMC Power has been shortlisted in the Best Product, Initiative or Service in Emerging Markets category at the 18th annual Global Mobile awards of the GSMA. The other companies also shortlisted in this category are Ericsson for “Amazon Connection”– a digital inclusion program in the Amazon; Etisalat for Mobile Baby; Standard Bank South Africa for AccessBanking and Text to Change (TTC).

The Mobile World Congress 2013 will be held 25th- 28th February at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. More details at www.mobileworldcongress.com.

If you would like to arrange a meeting at the show – please contact press@omcpower.com.

About OMC

OMC is an ambitious company that is growing rapidly – harnessing the opportunity of being the first infrastructure company in a rural community where there is no modern infrastructure apart from 2-3 telecom towers. OMC’s roadmap covers many additional services which can be provided once electricity is in place – including cable TV, Internet and electric vehicle rental.

Anil Raj, OMC Power’s CEO and co-founder, says; “Since our first Micropower Plant went live, the demand for electricity has exceeded our expectations. We already cover 30,000 homes and 150,000 people, drastically reducing the need for kerosene and diesel – an average rural home consumes 50 litres of kerosene every year just for lighting. Our target is to provide renewable electricity to 10 million people and 3,500 telecom towers by the end of 2015. This really is the time for Micropower. Our customers need it, as does the planet. It’s very satisfying to see renewable energy finally making financial sense!”

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