Two more indications of the growing role of renewable energy in network rollout – both to save the environment and to save money – have come from Brazil and Bahrain.
In Brazil, ISP Brisanet has announced sustainability initiatives as part of its strategic growth plan. Brisanet says that the energy demand required by its units in the states of Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte, both in the northeastern part of the country, will come from renewable sources such as solar energy and wind generation. According to the provider, the initiative could provide monthly savings of more than 40% of energy costs in these states.
The operator is also adopting distributed generation initiatives, in which energy is generated by consumers, close to or at the place of consumption. This will begin in another northeastern state, Pernambuco, though by the end of the first half of 2024 Brisnet’s consumer units in a seven other states will also be covered.
Meanwhile operator Zain Bahrain has announced the success of a partnership with temporary power and cooling rental solutions company Rental Solutions & Services (RSS) to reduce carbon emissions with a new renewable power source solution at one of its commercial 5G sites. The plan is now to expand the solution to more sites.
Zain Bahrain says it has become the first service operator in the Kingdom to implement a renewable power source, using hybrid electrical power solutions between generators, batteries and solar panels at a commercial 5G site.
As Zain expands its network to serve increased traffic demands, more of the new sites are in remote locations without access to the power grid. A smart solution is needed to power these locations in a more climate-friendly manner. The new solution, says Zain, has been proven to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 15%.