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I was searching articles in the ABQ Journal for permit updates. U found this article about how Verizon applied for several diesel generators for backup supply energy. It got me wondering if Sprint does the same thing in areas it has had power outages and or other situations?

 

http://legals.abqjournal.com/legals/show/293161

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Sprint does something like that here in LR I think. Because with this latest snow storm we were out of power and the power was out at the tower to but I still had full service. Although it was a pain to make a call or text or anything that required data. But I think it had to do with everyone on the tower all at once. My guess was that they had generators at the tower or something of that nature.

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Many of the sites nationwide have some sort of backup power system. Most are diesel generators simply due to the simplicity and age, some use banks of batteries that are fed from the main power until it goes down. I believe most of the newer sites have started using solar, hydrogen fuel cells, etc. where available and viable.

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The ones around me have literally nothing near it. It may be due to the fact that my city is a huge flood zone with waters rising 15-20 feet (1/2- 2/3 the height of local towers) if the levees break...

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Only about 3 or 4 of the 20 sites in Northern New Mexico have generators. And they may belong to other carriers for all I know. Not common at all around here.

 

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Every Sprint site that I have been to in Florida has had a generator. I think the potential for power outages caused by natural disasters has something to do with it.

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Every Sprint site that I have been to in Florida has had a generator. I think the potential for power outages caused by natural disasters has something to do with it.

 

Yeah, areas that are more prone to power outages (for whatever reason, usually weather but it may be something as simple as the local power company being unreliable) are more likely to have backup power available on hand stationed at the site semi-permanently or permanently.

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Some sites have permanent generators, either LPG, CNG, or diesel, and some that are less prone to long outages or that have increased battery capacity need to have portable generators pulled to them.

 

The NetVision sites boast much more battery power than the legacy equipment, I'm not sure what that will do to the number of generators out there.

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I took some pictures of my local site today and got some pictures of the generator system

 

Generator and Tank

 

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Tank (propane?)

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Generator

 

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Yes, that is a propane tank. An advantage to propane is it's lifespan. It won't go bad sitting in the tank for extended periods of time like diesel or gasoline will.

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