Indus Towers aims to use more renewable energy

The Indian firm aims to have 20 percent of its 110,000 telecom towers use clean energy sources by March 2013, to reduce its reliance on diesel.

Telecom tower provider Indus Towers has pledged to have 20 percent of its 110,000 towers run on renewable energy sources by this fiscal year, ending March 2013.

"We want to reduce our reliance on diesel. It is costly and non-viable," said BS Shantharaju, CEO of Indus Towers, in a report Thursday by Telecom Lead.

Indus is the largest telecom tower company in the world based on the number of towers, with a presence across the 16 major telecom circles of India, according to the report.

The company is a joint venture between Bharti, Vodafone, and Aditya Birla.

India is forecast to spend US$45 billion on green IT and sustainability initiatives this year, and hit US$70 billion by 2015, thanks to government policies driving adoption.

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