Opposition Leader lashes out at Fortis Belize

Opposition Leader lashes out at Fortis Belize

Fortis Belize Limited is once again attempting to enter the solar electricity market. In 2019, Fortis, the country’s only producer of hydroelectricity, proposed to build a 30-megawatt solar plant to increase its power production, but its bid was unsuccessful. However, the company remained open to the possibility and has refined its proposal. The company has submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment for the construction of a 10-megawatt Solar Power Generation Facility in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The document has been sent to the Department of Environment for review and public scrutiny. On June 27, a public consultation on the venture will be held at the San Antonio Village Community Center, Cayo District, where residents will be able to voice support or discontent with the proposal. And while residents will be able to voice their concerns on the proposal next month, today, Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow lashed out at Fortis Belize for what he says is a lack of interest in investing in Belize’s energy sector.

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “And you know I must call out Fortis. Fortis got abominable, a reprehensible contract under the Musa administration, the Said Musa administration for fifty years and that is a Canadian company, a foreign company that is the epitome of colonial masters in the sense of all they do is extract from Belize and don’t invest in Belize because why is it that Fortis has not – they’re a billion dollar company. In Belize, if I’m not mistaken they have been able to make a billion dollars the last I heard over the time the’ve been here. Why is it that they can’t take that money and invest in what the country needs. Is it that they don’t care about the country other than to just extract what is it that they can get and the weaker the country is the more dependent it is, the more these unfavorable terms of agreement stay in place ? So I definitely am no fan of Fortis not reinvesting the treasures that they have benefitted from the electricity sector. I’m not a fan of them not reinvesting that to make sure that we are not in this position.”

Our newsroom understands that the power generation would complement the company’s existing power generation via its three hydroelectric dams.

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