Project partners include non-profits Development Alternatives, Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), along with regional power producers and fuel providers. If the project is successful, this solution could be applied in other jurisdictions that face similar challenges. Over the next three years, the team will pilot this project on five sites by developing technology, researching gaseous fuel options, creating a fuel supply, and determining how best to distribute the power generated.This project supports the goal of TRAI to reduce the diesel dependence of mobile phone towers, and cut carbon emissions by operating at least half of all rural towers, and 20 percent of urban towers, on non-diesel power sources by 2015. Quick facts:
- The Indian Telecom Market is currently growing by 10 million customers per month.
- In 2010, 64.5 percent of India had electricity; 93.1 percent of the urban population had access, and 52.5 percent of the rural population had access.
- In 2011, there were over 390,000 telecom towers in India. There are expected to be 500,000 towers by 2015, and one billion cell phone users.
- Mobile phone towers in India consume approximately 2 billion litres of diesel fuel annually and release more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2
- Of the existing 390,000 towers, 82 percent are connected to the grid and 18 percent are off-grid. Out of the total on-grid, only 169,000 have reliable connections.