A view of the solar farm at Airtel's Gangaganj switching and routing facility
Airtel goes green, harnesses solar power at its Gangaganj facility

Lucknow, January 23, 2013: India-headquartered global telecommunications company Bharti Airtel,  has harnessed solar power at its core location at Gangaganj, Lucknow—a first for the telecom industry here. This location is one of the major switching and routing centre, which processes the voice & data traffic.
The 100KWp non penetrating rooftop Solar power plant will save close to 26 thousand liters of diesel per year. Going forward, the company is planning to replicate similar power plants in 6 other Core Locations generating close to 300 KWp of solar energy. The project has received  a 30 percent  subsidy from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Says Jagbir Singh, Director, Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel: “State-of-the-art technology adoptions, best in class infrastructure deployments and a customer focused approach are key enablers to provide seamless experience to the customers. We believe that our responsibility does not cease at providing superior quality to our customers. At Airtel we continuously evaluate the impact of our activities on the society and environment. It is our constant endeavour to develop innovative solutions that help us drive environmental conservation. Gangaganj solar power plant is a concrete move in line with our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute towards building an inclusive society.”
Bharti Airtel which  recently launched its first Sustainability Report on India Operations has reported 11% reduction in Green House Gas  emissions per terabyte in network infrastructure in 2011-12. www.airtel.com