Eltek to supply 300 solar-powered base stations in gulf region.


Norway’s Eltek has has won a $3.5 million contract from an unnamed Arab gulf region telecom carrier to supply auonomous power systems to wireless base stations.

The company said it would provide its Flatpack2 Solar Autonomous system and deliver construction, installation and commissioning services. An initial 100 sites will be deployed over the next six months and a further 200 sites will be deployed in 2015 and 2016. While the initial value of the deal is $3.5 million, Eltek said the agreement had "a potential to grow to more than $10 million."

"Our technology allows our customers to build telecom towers in remote areas with solar," said Bob Hurley, Eltek’s EMEA Region vice president. "This solution reduces CO2 emissions as well as the customer’s operating and maintenance costs for these sites."

Eltek is active in field of solar and hybrid power solutions for wireless towers and other telecom sites, especially in remote areas. The company says it has provided solar powered telecom installations across Africa in such countries as Angola, Chad, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

"Wireless telecom is igniting a lot of promising change, and our work with carriers and network equipment manufacturers helps make those services more stable and cost effective without generating pollution. We see this as a tremendous growth opportunity," Hurley said.

Telecom infrastructure represents about 1% of global energy consumption, according to the company.