News Brief | September 2012
Bharti Infratel ties up with OMC Power for renewables
Renewable energy service company Bharti Infratel has signed a partnership with OMC Power for powering Bharti Infratel's off-grid and poor grid telecom tower sites in rural areas using renewable energy sources. Bharti Infratel said the new partnership will boost its existing green initiatives called 'GreenTowers P7' for promoting the use of renewable sources to power its towers. Micropower plants will be set up by OMC in off-grid and low grid locations to generate electricity primarily using renewable energy sources and supply energy to Infratel's tower sites.
This will help to reduce the use of diesel-powered gensets currently used to power these towers. The new initiative will benefit rural households in the local community vicinity by supplying them electricity to power fans, lighting, televisions, and water pumps. Bharti Infratel currently has over 33,000 towers, of which nearly 9,000 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.
Chief Technical Officer & Head of O&M at Bharti Infratel Sairam Prasad said that 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.
Co-founder and CEO of OMC Power, Anil Raj said that its micropower plants have been designed specifically for rural areas. The company has moved power from Capex to Opex and can supply more electricity at a better price than operators can by doing it themselves.