The Department of Telecommunications has issued directions to the telecom service providers to use of renewable energy solutions and energy-efficient technologies.

The move could open up another segment of the market to solar, wind, and battery energy storage companies along with reducing carbon emissions from diesel generators, which are predominantly used by telecom towers for backup power.

Responding to a query during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister Sanjay Dhotre said that the telecom service providers had been directed to voluntarily adopt renewable energy solutions, energy-efficient equipment, and high capacity fast charging storage solutions to reduce carbon footprint.

Dhotre stated that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Department of Telecommunications for a joint working group to suggest renewable energy solutions for telecom towers.

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