As part of Group Orange’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2040, the company recently installed over 200 solar panels on the rooftops of its communication interconnection centres in Timisoara, joining existing solar installations in Constanta and Brasov.
With approximately 650 solar panels now operational across these facilities, Orange estimates that the new panels will generate enough energy annually to power about 300 households with an average monthly consumption of 100kWh each. During sunny days, the panels can cover up to 80 percent of the data centre’s energy needs, reducing reliance on traditional energy sources.
Orange Romania stated that it has already equipped 133 telecom stations with solar panels. The combined energy production from these stations is estimated to be equivalent to powering about 650 households annually, each with an average monthly consumption of 100kWh. Like the communication centres, the solar panels on the telecom stations can cover up to 80 percent of their energy consumption on sunny days.
Orange Romania is replacing older direct current sources at Orange’s telecommunication sites with more energy-efficient ones, adopting free-cooling systems to replace compressor-based cooling systems in data centres, replacing outdated IT and network equipment with energy-efficient alternatives, implementing energy-saving functions on radio equipment, and decommissioning older radio technologies in favour of newer and more efficient ones.
Orange group aims to reduce CO2 emissions by over 30 percent for Scope 1 and Scope 2 purposes by 2025, and by 45 percent for all three scopes by 2030.