Airtel To Use Solar At Sites Nationwide

Artel PixAirtel Ghana, a telecommunications company says it will shift from the use of national electricity grid and diesel to solar in its sites nationwide by 2018.

Currently, 224 out of its1, 265 sites are being run on hybrid battery banks and solar cells. The project which started five years ago costs US$ 12,544,000.

Mr. Donald Gwira, head of Corporate Communications for Airtel disclosed these to newsmen during a tour of one of the hybrid battery banks and solar cells sites at Pokukrom in the Ahafo South District of the Ashanti Region

According to him, the project would ensure that their clients enjoyed regular and uninterrupted service from all locations in the country.

Airtel, he said, had taken the lead across Africa in promoting a “Green Initiative” by converting some of its network towers to solar energy and introducing an innovative hybrid battery bank models that reduces daily use of the diesel.

He said Airtel was keen on building a “green” environment and friendly mobile network , and reducing its carbon footprint in Africa.

“The successful implementation of the ‘green’ environment will enable the company benefit in terms of fuel savings which in the long run, translate into maintaining cost effective service while promoting environmental consciousness,” he said. From Godwin Ofosu-Acheampong,Pokukrom


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