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PRESS RELEASE: OMC Rising Star at 2014 Platts Awards

INDIA’S OMC POWER NAMED AS THE RISING STAR AT 2014 PLATTS GLOBAL ENERGY AWARDS

Delhi, India, 12 December 2014Last night in New York, OMC Power was named as The Rising Star at the 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards.

Described as the Academy Awards of the energy industry, the Global Energy Awards honour and recognise those who have transcended the status quo in the name of excellence in leadership, innovation and performance in the energy industry.

Established in 2011, OMC Power has transformed the provision of electricity in rural India into a commercially viable, sustainable and scalable business.

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Voice & Data on OMC: Green Telecom Mirage

New Delhi: Green Telecom is that oft-viewed mirage in the diesel-dependent industry that despite best intentions refuses to materialize. Every new year, there is a hope that this year renewable energy will move beyond just being a buzzword. But, alas the mirage remains as the year ends — almost mocking the industry.

The conditions are actually right in the industry for renewable energy options to make its presence felt.

Look at the following facts:

  • Almost 40 percent of power requirements of the industry are met by grid power and 60 percent by diesel generators (DGs). Energy costs account for almost 30 to 34 percent of the total OPEX for a telco.
  • Around 6,50,000 telecom towers consume more than 2 billion liters of diesel per year. This accounts for nearly 5 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Clearly, all this would mean that the Indian telcos would be warming up to the idea of using renewable energy to power their base stations. Some of the telcos are making an effort to incorporate alternate sources of energy. For instance, Idea Cellular is currently conducting trials of fuel cells. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone also have some of their towers powered by solar energy. However, this is not enough.
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Five Principles for Off-Grid Energy Policy

Sierra Club’s latest report talks about the five principles that policymakers should abide by to ensure rapid development of the off-grid energy market.

The Report states that the off-grid market potential of around $12Billion is still unexplored and if pursued with a suitable combination of policies, would help in rapid development of local economies and hence in generation of local jobs.

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Beyond-the-Grid Is Not Just About Light, It’s About Resiliency

At times when the grid fails, distributed generation offers a way to keep the lights on — not only in areas beyond the reach of the grid but in cities as well.

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People often highlight the cost-effectiveness and rapidity of deploying beyond-the-grid solar solutions. As the story goes, beyond-the-grid solar companies are providing power to rural places in developing countries where the grid hasn’t yet reached and at a lower cost than other available options. But distributed generation has other important benefits: it can offer more reliability than a centralized grid, too.

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