Orange joins the eco revolution and launches a solar powered GSM network
Mobile users in the Dominican Republic have a reason to rejoice as Orange has just inaugurated the country’s first GSM network, running completely on solar power. The project was initiated as a part of a social corporate responsibility program called Oryx and these stations are said to be 10 times more efficient than electric-powered stations. Some of the other benefits of these stations also include zero carbon dioxide emissions, zero fuel spillages, and zero noise. This project is aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20% and energy consumption by 15% by 2020. It is also aims for 25% of energy consumed by its operators in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Asia to come from solar power. In its first stage in the Dominican Republic, Orange plans to build 30 base stations, each generating 700–1,000 watts. The network will cover Santo Domingo-Samaná area and the Cruz Verde district.