IDFC Foundation

Solar Street Light & Micro Hydel Project

Holistically improving the quality of life for the people in Meghalaya through renewable energy and infrastructure projects.

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Quick Glance

The Government of Meghalaya chose us as a strategic partner to improve the infrastructure and in turn contribute to the health, education and economic development in Mawlyngbna.


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    30 solar street lights
  • tourist
    More tourists
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    Government model
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    Harnessing hydro energy
Success Stories

Success Stories

History Channel has recently made documentary on this Village where IDFC Foundation’s street lights were also shown.

Village has recently received certification from Indian Green Building Council for meeting Green Village Rating system norms. Click here to know more

Lafarge and MNREDA has also decided to adopt Village like IDFC Foundation and wants to do similar type of Projects.

Publications on the successful intervention on government websites:

Click here to read The Citizen Report

Case study published published by State Institute of Rural Development

Case Study published by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj as best practice

The thought

The Thought


The people of Mawlyngbna were relentlessly working towards setting up a Common Service Area (CSA), which would include educational classes for adults, cyber cafés for tourists, computer training centres, etc. They also wanted to set up street lights at vital places to extend the tourist’s day-time visits to night stays. However, a major obstacle they faced was the poor and erratic supply of electricity. Another concern was the contamination of water caused due to the constant washing of clothes and bathing in the main village stream. Eventually this led to the spread of many water-related diseases in the village. Together, we were looking at tackling these three concerns. Quote

The Approach

IDFC Foundation has been a strategic partner of the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), Government of Meghalaya, for the 7 Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion (IBDLP) Programme. IDFC Foundation has undertaken many initiatives across the various IBDLP missions, encompassing energy mission, improving market access, water mission, infrastructure development, enterprise promotion and knowledge management, horticulture mission and post--harvest management, and also provided administrative and procurement support to MBDA. The focus has been on building the delivery capacity of MBDA to meet the needs of citizens and in assisting MBDA in implementation of IBDLP. IDFC Foundation has also sought to synergise the efforts of MBDA with the existing initiatives and schemes of GOI and state line departments. In this effort, IDFC Foundation has been working very closely with the concerned line departments of the Government of Meghalaya.

Mawlyngbna is a village situated on the southern slopes of Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh. There are a total of 350 households who cultivate betel nut, betel vine, bay leaf, chillies, potatoes and black pepper. One notable factor of this village is that the people there have taken the initiative to develop their village by building a water reservoir and working towards making their village a tourist destination.

We resolved to implement the following in the Mawlyngbna village:

• Solar streetlights in public places and alongside pathways to improve livelihoods and tourism

• Micro Hydel Project at the Community Owned Multipurpose Reservoir to supply electricity to a Warehouse-cum-Economic Activity Centre created by the villagers to improve livelihood

• Provide infrastructure to prevent contamination of drinking water

The Impact

The Solar Street Lighting project at Mawlyngbna has been successfully completed with the installation of 30 solar street lights in the village and was inaugurated on 23rd May 2015.

So far, in the absence of street lights, sight-seeing and experiencing the natural beauty of Mawlynnong remained a day time activity. Now, with the Solar Street Lights in the village and lighting up of public spaces, tourists would be encouraged to spend the night in the village and experience the local culture, which would significantly improve the livelihood of the villagers.

This Public-Private-Community Partnership project has become a model for the Government to replicate in other areas

For the second CSR project, IDFC Foundation is engaging with the Mawlynnong village community to structure an integrated project that entails harnessing the hydro energy available in the small multipurpose reservoir through a pico-hydel project, provisioning of solar street lights and preventing the natural spring in the village from contamination and utilizing the water for drinking purposes.

The micro-hydel project is expected to be completed in the next two months

About Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA)

The Government of Meghalaya launched the State flagship programme titled “Integrated Basin Development & Livelihood Promotion Programme (IBDLP) for the sake of developing the quality of life of all its citizens. The IBDLP is designed around four pillars- Knowledge Management, Natural Resource Management, Entrepreneurship Development and Good Governance. It aims to leverage the natural advantages of the state to generate livelihood opportunities for every household and in turn, accelerate growth.

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