Read more about 5G power consumption:

5G towers are consuming a lot of energy, so China Unicom is putting some of them to sleep overnight

Source: Masha Borak (Abacus): 27 Aug. 2020.

“5G towers are consuming a lot of energy, so China Unicom is putting some of them to sleep overnight” 

Operators Starting to Face Up to 5G Power Cost

Robert Clark /Light Reading, Oct. 2019:

“The cost of the energy needed to power 5G is shaping up to be one of the biggest headaches for operators rolling out the new networks. Experts believe that a 5G network will consume three and half times as much electricity as 4G,….”

“… power consumption of 5G equipment in 3.5GHz, with 64T64R and massive MIMO, will be “300% to 350%” of a 4G basestation…”

5G Base Station Power Consumption Issue -China article

Courtesy of Yigang Cai, (IEEE ComSoc Technology Blog); Aug. 2020

“…highlighted the critical issue of network operators shutting down 5G base stations to save electricity bills.  Selected 5G base stations in China are being powered off every day from 21:00 to next day 9:00 to reduce energy consumption and lower electricity bills. 5G base stations are truly large consumers of energy such that electricity bills have become one of the biggest costs for 5G network operators.”

“The electricity bill is equivalent to several hundred times the annual profit of China Unicom. Even if it only covers 1% of the country’s area, electricity bills can bankrupt the three major operators.”