The aim is to reduce the number of hours that telecom towers use diesel generators from the current 22-24 hours to less than 3-4 hours, Pradhyumna T Venkat, CEO, Energy and Utility Business, Gemini Energy, informs R Srinivasan.The company with a strong technological background and customer support base in over 200 locations across India offers a clean energy system using solar energy to power telecom towers that operate only on diesel generators and plans to have at least 10 per cent of similar sites running on renewable energy in the next five years. In terms of grid-connected solar projects, the company has a 1 MW project at Tamil Nadu under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.Queried about the potential of solar, the company CEO said that at least 50 per cent of all rural and 33 per cent of urban towers are to be powered by hybrid power.He said that solar is the most viable renewable energy option for telecom towers since of a total 3.5 lakh towers (overall) and about 2 lakh towers in rural areas, the opportunity in rural areas is for one lakh towers and about 80,000 towers in urban areas. He said that currently the company has signed a power purchase agreement with a leading telecom operator in partnership with Aspiration Energy to power their telecom towers in Bihar using solar energy. Commissioning of the first phase of 225 sites has begun and the company intends to finish work by March 2012. Excerpts of the interview:In view of AT&C losses, give us an overview of the scenario in terms of indigenously developed AMR systems - issues, challenges, potential etc. The above account for about 20 per cent and intelligent metering systems help reduce losses/costs associated with this substantially. Some key business objectives are:
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