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India has 500 million mobile phone users, roughly 150 million more than the entire population of United States.

That multitude of walkers and talkers requires some 250,000 cell phone towers, each consuming about 530 million gallons of diesel per year. As the Indian government strives to embrace renewable energy, its Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working to convert those cell phone towers into “green towers.”

A potential mandate from the government just might make that happen. The plans were revealed last week when government officials unveiled a model for the new School of Green Energy Technologies at Pondicherry University in southeastern India. The Ministry hopes the move to solar cell phone towers will guide India closer to goals established by its National Solar Mission of installing 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022.

If all existing cell phone towers in India were switched to solar power, not only would all that diesel fuel be conserved, but some 5 million tons of carbon dioxide would be offset and $1.4 billion saved.

A cell tower is a term used for a site where antennas and electronic communications equipment are placed on a radio mast or tower to create a cell in a cellular network. A cell site is composed of a tower or other elevated structure for mounting antennas, and one or more sets of transmitter/receivers transceivers, digital signal processors, control electronics, a GPS receiver for timing (for CDMA2000 or IS-95 systems), regular and backup electrical power sources, and sheltering.











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