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Grameenphone to purchase solar power to run its base stations

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Bangladesh mobile network operator, Grameenphone says that it has signed agreements with three solar power producing companies for purchasing solar power to operate 140 of its off grid base station sites.

Grameenphone is the first telecommunication company in Bangladesh to deploy solar power in a large scale under power purchase agreement.

Under the agreements the suppliers will install solar panels in Grameenphone's Base Transceiver Station (BTS) premises and maintain them. Grameenphone will buy electricity on unit (Kwh) consumption basis for a contract period of 10 years with a buy back option after that period.

Grameenphone will deploy solar power in 140 sites by the end of 2010.

Speaking on the occasion Grameenphone CEO said," We are targeting to create the largest solar-powered cell network in the region. We are very committed towards the "Green" revolution in network part and we look at it in a business viable mode to gain long term sustainability."

Grameenphone has been experimenting with renewable energy for last few years and installed 14 solar powered and 1 wind powered BTS during that time. When completed, up to 1.15 million liters of diesel fuel will be saved per year and annual carbon emissions will be reduced by 3062 tones.

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