Bharti Infratel, OMC in partnership to power telecom towers in rural India

New Delhi, August 2, 2012

Bharti Infratel, a passive telecom infrastructure provider, and OMC Power, a new renewable energy service company (RESCO) ,today announced a partnership for powering Bharti Infratel’s off-grid and poor grid telecom tower sites in rural areas using renewable energy sources. 

This initiative will complement Bharti Infratel’s green initiatives called GreenTowers P7 under which the company is promoting use of renewable sources to power its towers.   
A press release from Bharti said that, under this partnership, OMC will set up micropower plants in off-grid and low grid locations. 
These power plants will generate electricity primarily using renewable energy sources and supply energy to Infratel’s tower sites. This will help reduce the use of diesel-powered gensets currently used to power these towers. In addition, this initiative will benefit rural households in the local community vicinity by supplying them electricity to power fans, lighting, televisions, and water pumps, it said.
Bharti Infratel currently has over 33,000 towers, of which nearly 9000 are in off-grid / poor grid locations. Following successful joint trials, OMC has already built the first micropower plant in Uttar Pradesh as part of this 10-year agreement.   
Sairam Prasad, Chief Technical Officer & Head of O&M at Bharti Infratel, said: "OMC Power is a very welcome renewable energy partner and we are delighted to join hands with them. While great progress has been made in providing telecoms in rural areas, this has been largely achieved without grid-power availability – a key ingredient in providing telecom uptime to this critical infrastructure."
Anil Raj, co-founder and CEO of OMC Power, said: “Our micropower plants have been designed specifically for rural areas. We have moved power from Capex to Opex and can supply more electricity at a better price than operators can by doing it themselves."
OMC has partnered with technology companies to build its micropower plants and is using a combination of wind, solar, diesel and battery back-up to ensure a constant supply of power. Using a hybrid of techniques means that at any point in time power will be drawn from the most suitable source with little or no wastage, the release said.

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