There are over 38,000 telecom towers in Pakistan (as suggested by Tower Xchange) with an expected growth of up to 17,000 towers by 2022 to accommodate for 4G and 5G models. Of the existing network, 6.56 % of sites are operating in unstable grid areas and 3.77% in remote off-grid areas; hence, making these areas the key growth business drivers for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). While previously power and fuel accounted for a significant percent of the network operating costs outstripping the growth in the tower industry’s revenues, the current tower energy outsourced component offers roughly 15 to 20% energy cost savings.
Enfrashare Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Engro Infiniti Pvt Ltd, partnered with Reon Energy Limited to deploy solar energy solutions on 41 telecom sites over the Coastal Highway. The 700 km strip that extends from the Arabian Coast in Karachi, Sindh, to Jiwani in the Balochistan province (bordering Iran) receives high solar irradiation through most of the year making solar energy a favorable component to meet energy needs.
The 336 kW tower project which was initiated by Universal Service Fund (USF), under the Ministry of Information Technology was allocated to Enfrashare and subsequently to Reon in Dec 2018.
The telecom Solar Energy Infrastructure project comprises of ground mounted solutions ranging from 4-12 kW per site (each located at a 17.5 km distance) and can bear a wind speed of up to 175 km/h. The project offers an annual expected energy generation of around 558,012 kWh and an annual carbon reduction of 301 tonnes. Reon’s Remote Monitoring System (RMS) allows 24/7 remote monitoring of key performance parameters of these sites and facilitates remote configuration.
The project has for the first time ensured connectivity on Makran Coastal Highway while offering a 99.9% uptime at the lowest regional Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
Project Type: Solar energy infrastructure for 40 telecom sites in an off-grid configuration
Annual Energy Generation (kWh): 558,012
Annual Co2 Reduction (Tonnes): 301