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India, Japan sign renewable energy agreement

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The Indian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for renewable energy management solutions at telecom towers in the country.

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The project aims at demonstrating a system which will reduce the consumption of diesel and ensure stable supply of electricity at tower sites.

Application of photo catalyst coat, which reflects solar radiation, on the side wall and roof of BTS shelter, will be supplied by Pixela to control the temperature inside the shelter, contributing to the reduction in power consumption at telecom towers. The objective of the NEDO model project for energy management system in telecommunication towers in India is to facilitate energy conservation at telecom tower sites in India by introducing renewable energy and energy management system. The project will be implemented at 62 sites across India to achieve energy conservation.

It is expected that once replicated across the 400,000 towers in the country, this model will result in 50 percent energy conservation and reduction of 1,000,000 kiloliters of diesel consumption. The demonstration project comes at a time when the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is emphasising on the reduction of diesel usage at telecom tower sites. The DoT has directed telecom tower companies to ensure that 50 percent of telecom tower sites in rural areas and 20 percent of urban telecom tower sites should run on hybrid power, comprising grid power and renewable energy by 2015.

Further, the tower companies are expected to cover 75 percent of rural towers and 33 of urban telecom towers under the hybrid power net by 2020.

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