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Indian Government Pushing Renewable Energy for Base Stations

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A government panel has been set up to promote the use of renewable energy in the Indian telecoms sector. To be headed by Ajay Bhattacharya of Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) of India's Telecom Ministry , the five member panel has recently been asked to submit a set of guidelines to suggest ways to promote renewable energy options in the sector within the next three months.

"It is estimated that currently annual cost of diesel incurred in running around [300,000] telecom towers set up across the country is Rs 6,400 crore (USD1.4 billion) and they emit around 5.3 million tonnes of carbon," a senior official from environment ministry told The Economic Times newspaper.

The setting up of the panel for solar power promotion is part of the government's National Mission on Solar Energy aimed at shifting the fossil-fuel based economy to renewable sources of energy as such solar and wind in view of the threat of climate change, the official pointed out.

On the web: The Economic Times

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