The ministry of New and Renewable Energy of the Indian government is expected to come up with a proposal that would require the telecomoperators to convert their diesel-powered cellphone towers to renewablesolar energy. The plan is expected to be a part of India’s NationalSolar Mission, which aims to generate up to 20GW of solar power by 2022.
India has more than 500 million mobile subscribers and is still oneof the two fastest growing telecom markets. Presently there are about250,000 cellphones towers in the country, a number that is expected torise substantially in the coming years. CleanTechnica estimates that converting these towers to run on solar energy will save up to 5 million tons of emissions and $1.4 billion in energy costs each year.