Thulappally Micro Hydel Project.
Thulappally Micro Hydel Project.
The main aim of the project was to provide electricity for lighting and other purposes in the 500 households in Thulappally village, which is remote and isolated where there, is no electric supply so far. A micro-hydel project has been designed at Thulappaly, a remote village in Kerala. Near the village, about 70% of the periphery is reserve forest; the chances of the State Electricity Board to reach up to these areas were less.
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Project Snapshot

Malanadu Development Society
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 22,883.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 14,130.44
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 41,907.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
During the period of the project nearly USD 15,000 was raised as contribution from communities including an amount of USD 13 to USD 75as basic contributions paid by the 161 families ( the earlier who joined the electricity society paid less and the later members were charged a higher fees) to the society. The labor of nearly 10 days per person was contribution in kind shared by communities of Dam and Pipe connection. The communities contribute on a flat rate of USD 1 for a connection using 4 electricity bulbs (voltage specified) and a fan and USD 2 for a connection inclusive with a television. Nearly 70 % of the people having TV connections and hence they have a monthly collection of more than USD 45 as collection charges. The project is very effectively addressing sustainability, as even after 2 years of completion not only the society had increased its membership from 161 to 240 but also increased the installed capacity for which it has invested more than USD 8750 from its own funds for the provisions etc. Even today the confidence and the will to do and achieve is of the highest order. Even though the project only covers 50 % of the households as the others are remote, widespread and some already have electricity, the will is still to cover the remaining lot. No major accidents have taken place, as people are vigilant and disciplined in use and upkeep. The standard of living of the people of the area has been largely uplifted.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Several meetings were held and people joined hands to contribute towards the project. Although to begin with, people were not convinced about the technology, and practically they have not seen such an endeavor. To enable community confidence in the NGO and the technology, the NGO took small development initiatives in the form of road construction, bridges were done with the support of Government. This led to greater enthusiasm and also was used as a platform to generate awareness about the negative impact of deforestation and burning of wood in the environment.
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SGP Country office contact

Mr Manish Kumar Pandey
Ms Aradhana Goyal


The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), 6C Darbari Seth Block, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
New Delhi, Delhi, 110003
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