Mobile infrastructure or telecom tower firms are aiming to further cut carbon footprint by reducing dependency on fossil fuel as a part of ‘Go Green’ initiative, and are seeking tax holidays, low-cost grid power and fuel subsidies via USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund).
The sector has already deployed 90,000 diesel-free mobile sites, according to a lobby group Towers and Infrastructure Providers Association (Taipa) which represents India’s dominant tower firms such as Indus Towers, Bharti Infratel and American Tower Corporation (ATC).
“The industry is asking for the availability of electricity to mobile towers at industrial rates and tax holidays for setting up units in backwards areas,” Taipa director general Tilak Raj Dua told ET, adding that the tower firms are aggressively aiming to use alternate energy resources to reduce diesel dependence.
There are currently more than 4.5 lakh mobile tower sites operational in the country and the tenancy ratio is set to increase to 2.9 by March 2020, according to a KPMG-Assocham study.
The sectoral players as a part of their Green ambitions are increasingly using efficient energy storage solutions to optimise energy usage, and are leveraging high-efficiency batteries such as lithium-ion (Li-ion) and advanced VLRA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries at several sites.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-owned new telecom player Reliance Jio has already given a Rs 280 crore worth contract to French company Saft which is deploying specialised Li-ion battery systems to power former’s base station sites.
Taipa, however feels that a zero or minimum customs and excise duties on various renewable energy components such as solar cells and modules would further provide impetus to tower infrastructure firms to shift focus to alternative energy resources. Read More…
Credit By: The Economic Times
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