Helix Wind (OTCBB: HLXW) announced it will soon begin testing of its wind turbines as a way to power cell phone towers in remote locations.
The testing is part of the San Diego-based company’s effort to offer renewable energy solutions to telecommunications infrastructure providers. The goal is to develop a way to power remote or off-grid utility towers.
Helix plans to install tests sites in the United States and West Africa by November. The first test turbines will be utilized by Eltek NSG in Nigeria. The company may choose to install hundreds of the turbines in Africa during the next few years.
“There is a tremendous opportunity for Helix in the cell tower markets in developing countries and remote applications,” Ian Gardner, chief executive officer of Helix Wind said in a written statement. “Currently such towers are powered by diesel generators, which are bad for the environment and extremely expensive to operate. Anywhere the power grid is unreliable, expensive or simply nonexistent wind is an ideal renewable resource able to power these towers and reduce their operating cost.”