German, French firms linked to disputed solar projects in Hacienda Luisita and Negros

“Hacienda Luisita farmers oppose the solar project because it will set a precedent that may lead to the complete wipe-out of Luisita’s farming community”

UMA Pilipinas

PR GF SOLAR

AUGUST 11, 2015 |  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reference: Gi Estrada, UMA media officer, 0916.611.4181

Agricultural workers under the national federation Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) warned that instead of bringing development and sustainable energy sources to the country, solar power plant projects involving certain German and French firms will technically “aid landgrabbing” in Hacienda Luisita and Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

“The solar plants will bring displacement and hunger to affected peasant communities. Sugar workers have tilled these areas for decades, but they are now being driven away to make way for these projects,” said John Milton Lozande, UMA Acting Chairperson.

According to reports, Germany’s Conergy will build the 50-megawatt (MW) Tarlac Solar Power Project (TSPP) in Hacienda Luisita for PetroSolar Corp., a subsidiary of PetroGreen Energy Corporation.

Meanwhile, France’s UrbaSolar has publicized that it will construct a 30-MW solar plant in Victorias City, Negros Occidental in collaboration with…

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