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18 May 2020

Golan Heights: Energix wind farm allegedly fast-tracked during COVID-19 despite threat to local Syrian population; incl. company response

Energix Renewable Energies is developing a 32-turbine wind farm project in the Golan Heights. According to a group of civil society organisations, this project is being fast-tracked during the COVID-19 lockdown without consideration of complaints from local communities, and has threatened the livelihoods of local indigenous Syrian communities. Opponents to the project are allegedly facing harassment for voicing their complaints.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Energix to respond to these allegations. The company denies allegations of environmental harm and states that the local community - the Druze community and landowners - are an integral part of the project. The company also responded that the project will benefit local communities through increased investment in local infrastructure and jobs.

A statement signed by 17 civil society organisations, as well as an article by MENAFN and Energix' full response are featured below.