Global Tower and other should go for the real green

Discussion in 'Wireless Estimator Site Discussions' started by earla, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. earla

    earla Friend of the Community

    Global Tower's new solar cell site makes a lot of sense since it reduces their opex expense at their California location by reducing generator fuel expenses by 45%.

    On the average it would probably be a poor use of their capital to invest in solar power throughout the nation, but in areas with grid systems, why not put in a larger PV system and gain income from excess power?

    Although it will not work in urban areas or where lease footprints are not able to be expanded, there are a lot of locations where this could be tried, especially where there are low power base stations.

    ROI calculations might not look terribly exciting now, but there may be some assistance in addition to tax credit incentives.

    There might also be the opportunity for CTIA or PCIA to lobby for grants to tower companies if they can identify that they can provide additional days of backup at a site in case of a catastrophic event or because they're taking the lead in reducing our carbon footprint throughout America - not in just a few locations.

    Plus, with tower top radios and other BTS advancements, we could see power requirements reduced by 50% in the near future, allowing each new engineering advancement to create an even higher residual income for the towercos.
  2. staten4cc

    staten4cc Friend of the Community

    In India, American Tower and others are being forced into going green. It's kind of interesting that in a country where you can build a site almost anywhere - or at least in the past - their concerns are about green energy. I'm not knocking it but it is pretty interesting that they're asking the tower companies to support areas where there is no grid.

    New Delhi, Sept 12:
    At least 25 Renewable Energy Service Companies (Rescos) have expressed interest in supplying energy to telecom tower companies.

    Tower companies, including Indus, Bharti Infratel, American Tower Corporation and Viom, had floated a joint proposal for the project.

    Under this project, the Rescos will set up renewable energy-based power plants near the telecom towers and sell power to the telecom company at a predetermined cost on a pay per use model.

    The power generated by the Rescos will be off-grid. But additional power generated by them can also be sold to commercial users living in areas where the power plants are located.

    The Tower and Infrastructure Providers’ Association had floated the Request for Proposal inviting NGOs and private green power companies to generate and supply off-grid power to telecom towers in the country.
    TRAI regulation

    This comes in the wake of TRAI’s recent regulation directing all telecom service providers to ensure that part of the power that is used for the towers comes from renewable sources.

    Under the new rules, at least 50 per cent of towers and 20 per cent of the urban towers are to be powered by hybrid energy sources (renewable and grid) by 2015. The move is aimed at reducing carbon emissions due to increased dependence on diesel.

    However, the tower companies are not too happy with the regulations.
    According to them, the dictate from the regulator was unfair as they are being forced to adopt a particular technology.

    “It is okay to tell us that we need to reduce carbon emissions but why tell us how to do it,” posed a Delhi-based tower firm.

    Tower companies currently spent 20 per cent of their operational expense on buying diesel for powering tower sites.

    “We ourselves want to reduce the cost on diesel but the Government should give us alternative power supply. Why should tower firms start generating energy?” posed another tower firm.
  3. dking

    dking Industry Observer

    "ROI calculations might not look terribly exciting now, but there may be some assistance in addition to tax credit incentives."

    This is the main problem right here. These things are so expensive, no one can justify it with out a tax credit or some other form of government assistance. Once they become a viable option without government grants than I agree that 4G / 5G only sites should be able to rely more justifiably on them. But with these 2G cabinets pulling 80-150 amps alone consistently it will never happen.

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