Telecommunications installations can be powered by hybrid energy systems that integrate renewable energy technologies, thereby reducing the consumption of fossil fuels.
Independent hybrid solar solutions provider, WATT Renewable Corporation (WATT), has been selected by telecommunications services company, Airtel, to deliver over 32 MW of installed solar and storage capacity across Nigeria.
In a statement released on September 13, WATT said the installation of solar power and lithium-ion battery storage will be carried out at 600 sites, under an energy supply-as-a-service model.
The facilities will provide Airtel with greater certainty and availability of its power supply, which will be vital for expanding its network coverage and introducing 4G and 5G technologies in the region.
“ Working with Airtel provides a great opportunity to deliver renewable energy to the Nigerian telecommunications space, which will be critical to the continued sustainable growth of the sector ,” said Oluwole Eweje, Managing Director of WATT.
Telecommunications companies use large amounts of electricity to provide services, hence the renewable option which allows them not only to reduce their carbon footprint, but also energy costs.