In the Marne, the memory of aviation aces to the rescue of opponents of a photovoltaic project

In its fight against the establishment of a photovoltaic power station in the heart of the Reims countryside, the Les Terres de nos villages collective has unearthed unexpected allies. They are called Roland Garros, Joseph Kessel, Charles de Tricornot de Rose, Jean Navarre or even Georges-Félix Madon, known as “the Ace of 41 victories”. Names associated with the heyday of aviation. Pilots who distinguished themselves during the First World War. The track from which their cuckoos took off, located on the plateau known as Ferme-du-Moulin-à-Vent, in Rosnay, a small town in the Marne of 350 inhabitants, is today covered with cereal crops.

This is where Pierre Lhotte, owner of the Ferme du moulin à vent, farmer and mayor of Branscourt (260 inhabitants), wants to grow solar panels. It is this agrivoltaic project, combining agriculture and electricity production, carried by the company Akuo, specialist in “Agrinergie”, which is contested by Les Terres de nos villages. The collective claims more than 400 supporters, or about 40% of the inhabitants of the four municipalities potentially affected by the future installation: Rosnay, but also Germigny, Treslon and Courcelles-Sapicourt.

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“The memory of this airfield has been regularly maintained, in the form of the organization of hikes, in schools or during the commemorations of 14-18, lists Christiane Gilbert, from the collective. If the project saw the light of day, it would erase the memory of this site which is a major witness to the history of military aviation. ” To block the project photovoltaic plant, the collective has just filed a request for protection for historical monuments with the services of the Ministry of Culture and proposes to erect a commemorative monument along the historic track.


“We are not against renewable energies”, assures Laurent Rogier, a member of the collective, who explains that he would prefer the solar panels to be deployed on artificialized soils rather than amputating cultivated land. The collective denounces the “Gigantism” of the photovoltaic project, ” environmental impacts “, the ” degradation “ living environment and an agricultural project “Not sustainable”. Laurent Rogier evokes an operation of « greenwashing » where electricity production will take precedence over agricultural production. “This is not at all our philosophy, defends Nicolas Repellin, development manager at Akuo. As an energy producer, we make commitments so that the economic contribution is conditional on sustainable agricultural activity. “

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In the Marne, the memory of aviation aces to the rescue of opponents of a photovoltaic project