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Bory Solar PV farm in Saint-Trinit, France

The renewable energy company Q Energy is planning to build a solar plant in the commune of Saint-Trinit in southeast France. Residents are opposing, mainly on aesthetic and environmental grounds, and have launched a public campaign to stop the project.


The German renewable energy company, Q Energy, is planning a solar PV plant (Project Name: Bory) in the Saint-Trinit commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, southeastern France. The project would consist of 52,156 solar panels with a total power of 28.7 MWp, as well as 2 delivery stations. According to company data, the project could supply the equivalent of the consumption of 21 000 people and would take 28.1 hectares [1].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Bory Solar PV farm in Saint-Trinit, France
State or province:Vaucluse
Location of conflict:Saint-Trinit
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

52,156 solar panels with a total power of 28.7 MWp, as well as 2 delivery stations. According to company data, the project could supply the equivalent of the consumption of 21 000 people and would take 28.1 hectares.

Project area:28.1
Level of Investment for the conflictive projectunknown
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:125
Start of the conflict:01/07/2022
Company names or state enterprises:Q Energy France from France - Project developer
Q Energy Solutions SE from Germany - Involvement through subsidiary company Q Energy France
Relevant government actors:Saint-Trinit city council
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:No EJO directly involved.
Les Amis de la Montagne de Lure ( supporting local mobilization
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Loss of livelihood, Other socio-economic impacts
Other socio-economic impactsDamage to tourism; generation of a conflict of interest
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Proposal and development of alternatives:Residents mentioned the possibility to place solar panels on buildings instead of having a large-scale plant
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The project is still under consideration by the local authorities
Sources & Materials

[1] « Avis de concertation préalable »,
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[2] « Solar - Projet solaire – Bory - Les données clés du projet »,
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[3] « Bilan de concertation préalable - Projet de BORY - Commune de Saint Trinit Du 18/07/2022 au 01/08/2022 »,
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[6] “Saint-Trinit : une nouvelle forêt en danger !”,, 27 July 2022.
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[7] Camille Labrousse, « Un projet de parc de panneaux solaires divise à Saint-Trinit »,, 2 January 2023.
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[8] Anaïs Vaugon, « Les habitants de Saint-Trinit ne veulent pas voir les forêts du village sacrifiées pour un parc solaire », Le Dauphiné libéré, 14 January 2023.
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[4] Séverine Charlon, « Protégeons les forêts et leurs écosystèmes à Saint Trinit »,
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[5] Les Amis de la Montagne de Lure webpage
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Contributor:Roberto Cantoni, ICTA-UAB, [email protected]
Last update27/01/2023
Conflict ID:6265
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