Director of Di Natura, Former Mayor and council officials all found not guilty of fraud
court cleared the Director of Di Natura, a solar energy company, of fraud and falsification of documents in a government solar panel grant scheme in San Lawrenz, Gozo.
Another case related to the allegations also cleared the former mayor of the locality and five other former council officials of any wrongdoing.
The allegations, which date back to 2011, relate to a scheme approved by the San Lawrenz local council which offered subsidies to photovoltaic panels provided by Di Natura.
The company, which is owned by Godfrey Formosa, applied for a tender which saw them offer PV panels with a 50% refund from the government. The amount was capped at €3,000 and saw the council plan to extend the scheme to 80 residences in the locality.
Noel Formosa, the town’s previous mayor, claimed that applicants would be paying €4,000, however the price on the invoice would be marked at €6,000 in order to benefit from a €3,000 refund.
10 of Di Natura’s competitors claimed that the scheme offered was abusive and asked for it to be investigated and suspended by the Malta Resources Authority.