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Conflict around a planned solar power plant at Luitré-Dompierre, Brittany, France

In 2021, a private landowner proposed a plan to build a solar farm in the site of an old tungsten mine. Environmental associations and residents opposed it as it would imply the cutting down of 6 hectares of woodland.


In 2021, the project of building a photovoltaic (PV) farm on the old Mine of Montbelleux in the municipality of Luitré-Dompierre, in Brittany, was conceived by a private landowner. The project proposes the reconversion of a tungsten mining site that has laid dormant since 1983. The plots of land, classified as degraded/polluted (BASIAS) by the French Geological and Mining Research Bureau in 2005, were considered as having assets for producing photovoltaic energy (a good orientation and slope, no agricultural stake, good accessibility, no identified environmental stake (no classification Natura2000, ZNIEF, historic monument, archaeological...) and a weak co-visibility) [1][2].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Conflict around a planned solar power plant at Luitré-Dompierre, Brittany, France
State or province:Brittany
Location of conflict:Luitré-Dompierre
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Large-scale solar plants
Specific commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Yet to be decided. The plot of land may contain up to 40.000 solar panels. The site was scheduled to produce the equivalent of the annual consumption of about 20,000 inhabitants, i.e. 9,000 homes (excluding heating).

Project area:16
Level of Investment for the conflictive projectunknown
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:1823
Start of the conflict:01/09/2021
Company names or state enterprises:Unknown (individual) from France
Relevant government actors:Mayor and city council of Laitré-Dompierre
International and Finance InstitutionsPrivate from France
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:- La Passiflore
- DesTerresMINEes35
- Mémoire de la mine de Montbelleux (Memory of the Montbelleux mine, or ‘3 M')
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Official complaint letters and petitions
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Under negotiation
Proposal and development of alternatives:The three involved ejos proposed that PV panels be installed on other sites in the area, so as not to sacrifice a natural area, and mentioned the land available on the site of the Aumaillerie, where the old cattle market was held in Fougères.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The project is at its exploratory phase, and impact studies are ongoing.
Sources & Materials

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[2] Brigitte Beaumert, «Près de Fougères : une centrale photovoltaïque géante sur le site de la mine de Montbelleux ?», Chronique Républicaine, 1 November 2021
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[3] Municipality of Luitré-Dompierre website, « Le Plan Local d'Urbanisme (PLU) ». Visited on 03/03/2023
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[4] La 3M Montbelleux, Mémoire de la mine de Montbelleux, webpage. Visited on 03/03/2023
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[6] Association La Passiflore, webpage. Visited on 03/03/2023
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[7] Maël Baude, « Près de Fougères, trois associations s'opposent à un projet de centrale solaire de 16 hectares et lancent une petition », Chronique Républicaine, 23 July 2022
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[8] « Luitré-Dompierre. Mine de Montbelleux : le projet photovoltaïque suscite des inquiétudes », Ouest-France, 23 March 2022
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[9] Isabelle Hautefeuille, « Législatives. Des associations de Fougères interpellent les candidats sur un projet de ferme solaire », Ouest-France, 14 June 2022
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[10] Ille-et-Vilaine – Le Département, « Porte ouverte à Montbelleux - Venez découvrir le site avec sa superbe vue sur Fougères et son Pays », June 2022
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[12] Mathis Launey, “Projet de centrale photovoltaïque : une réunion publique à Luitré », Chronique Républicaine, 14 February 2023
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[13] Paul Grisot, « À Luitré-Dompierre, les opposants au projet de centrale photovoltaïque continuent de se mobiliser », Ouest-France, 18 February 2023
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[5] DesTerresMINEes35, Facebook Page. Visited 03/03/2023
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[11] Mine DE MONTBELLEUX, « Porte ouverte à Montbelleux - Venez découvrir le site avec sa superbe vue sur Fougères et son Pays »,, 24 June 2022
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Contributor:Roberto Cantoni, ICTA-UAB, [email protected]
Last update03/03/2023
Conflict ID:6304
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