Solar Powered Comms
Effective, rapidly deployable security solutions
Our Solar division was founded on the demand of our clients need for the delivery of managed power to meet their need for reliable deployment of their communication and mission critical security systems.
Our vertical solar hybrid system was built with a focus on the need for a secure energy solution that could be quickly and easily deployed on a typical pole and deliver reliable and dependable power. Our Solar solutions a cloud application and management service, delivering remote control, management, and proactive monitoring. It ensures unmatched reliability and long-lasting system performance, while reducing installation and on going maintenance costs.
Solar – India , our foundation market
India has emerged as the fastest growing telecom market in the world. The successful growth of the industry has been a catalyst for India’s growth in other sectors. Telecom operators are reporting approximately 15 million subscribers additional subscribers every month, resulting in a tele-density over 43%, with urban areas approaching 100%. The focus now is increasing penetration in rural areas to drive the next phase of growth. All stakeholders including the government, regulators, and private players are making significant initiatives to promote rural penetration.
Tower and BTS Infrastructure
Underlying the growth of these subscriber’s is the country’s Telecom Tower and Base Transceiver System (BTS) infrastructure. India has more than 250,000 telecom towers, a population growing rapidly to keep up subscriber’s growth and rural expansion.
The BTS and tower infrastructure has gone through a transition – from operator-owned to spun off, independent companies using tower-sharing models (with both passive and active tower sharing) in an effort to reduce costs in this highly competitive market.
The Power Problem
A quick analysis of telecom network operating costs indicates power and fuel are the primary operating costs, comprising over 30% of total operating cost. This dynamic exists because grid power (Electricity Board or EB power) is highly unreliable and, in a lot of cases, not available in rural areas. BTS sites require constant and uninterrupted power for the safe operation of the network. As a result, BTS sites have utilized onsite diesel generators to either provide backup or primary power in the absence of EB power. Uninterrupted operation is achieved through a battery bank.
India, with its excellent irradiance, has the opportunity to exploit Photovoltaic (PV) solar power to meet this challenge of onsite power generation. Coupled with a battery backup, PV systems are a viable and exciting alternative to reduce the correlation between power cost and total operating expenditure (OPEX), thereby providing a sustainable and reliable strategic solution to the fuel problem.
The Indian governments new policy direction provides incentives to use renewable energy, while at the same time decreasing subsidies on petroleum fuels and a move towards market pricing.
The Ministry of Renewable Energy has issued Guidelines for Off-Grid and Decentralized Solar Applications under the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission. This provides capital subsidy of up to 30% of capital cost for such projects implemented in the current fiscal year, to a maximum subsidy of INR 90 per watt peak (EUR 1.5) for systems using battery backup and INR 70 per watt peak (EUR 1.1) for systems without battery backup. Alternatively, there is an offer of soft loans at 5% interest rate subsidized by IREDA for these projects.
There are other benefits such as accelerated depreciation on the balance of the project in the first year.
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