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Solar Adoption Rise in the 2 Seas

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

University of Picardie Jules Verne


Start Date


End Date


Project budget

4 178 594

ERDF amount

2 507 157

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    Solar electricity generation has increased rapidly in recent years; in 2014 it accounted for 11% of EU renewable electricity (Eurostat), becoming the third largest contributor to electricity production from renewable energy (RE) sources in Europe. Solar is the most abundant of all RE sources. Yet it is perceived as prohibitively expensive (taking years before investment is returned) and problematic, as the electricity grid infrastructure struggles to cope with the variability of solar energy. There is little deployment of solutions like battery storage with solar photovoltaic that would offer grid balancing to enable solar to scale up.

    Accordingly solar remains a small part of Europe’s energy system and does not achieve its potential in the 2 Seas Region. With consumer energy prices rising, there is a common challenge to reduce costs and improve applicability and efficiency of the technology, resulting in accelerated uptake and wider deployment of solar energy across the 2 Seas region.  

    Main Achievements

    The SOLARISE goal is to accelerate the adoption of solar energy in the 2 seas territories through innovative pilot solar installations.
    Solar energy has a great potential of applications that are explored by SOLARISE:

    1. Collective or individual roofs (for instance 3 buildings at the UPJV with 3500 m2 rooftop);
    2. Roofs of homes, public or private buildings;
    3. Solar farms.

    Feasibility studies have already been done for rooftop installations on different type of buildings, on a heritage mill and for innovative
    living-labs including hybrid solar panels, storage and internet of things for monitoring. These facilities are being implemented and the
    installations will be used as showcases for demonstration, training and R&D purposes.

    The contextual framework of solar energy has also been analysed in the 4 countries from the point of view of legislation, market, technology
    and best practices. The resultats are in Output 1.

    The SOLARISE project organised several events open to the public in order to share the solar potential in the 2 Seas Region.
    For the achievement of Output 1, the consortium worked together to collect relevant information about solar energy for each participant
    country and also to summarize and process this information in a practical manner for the various stakeholders.
    Output 1 has been and will still disseminated along the whole lifespan of the project to increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of solar energy harvesting in the 2Seas region. For the dissemination, except for the classical publication of the website and direct communication of the consotrium partners with the stakeholders during scientific/networking events, a webinar for the non-specialists have beeen organized and specific questionnaire is available in the project website and have been sent to relevant stakeholders.

    PP3 completed one housing installation. The other BHCC pilots in public housing are partly complete and starting to demonstrate the benefits to residents in terms of lower energy bills and access to renewable energy.
    All the SOLARISE municipal partners have produced Energy Plans and Solar Road Maps and a methodology for Solar Road Maps is drafted.

    PP10 has completed the installation of all 2 pilots which can be remotely monitored as of now and can be visualised on the SOLARISE website.

    PP11 intalled the Q Roof sun collector (thermoslate system) is implemented in “De Helm" in the center of the historical city of Middelburg.



    KU Leuven – Technology campus Gent

    Brighton & Hove City Council

    Kamp C

    Enercoop Nord-Pas de Calais - Picardie

    Flux 50

    University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

    Municipality Zoersel

    City of Middelkerke

    Fourmies City

    Municipality Middelburg

    City of Heerhugowaard


    Output name
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    Theme: Adoption of technologiesEnergy
    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Citizens


    Theme: Adoption of technologiesEnergy
    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Citizens


    Theme: Adoption of technologiesEnergy
    Type: Infrastructure/building
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities


    Theme: Adoption of technologiesEnergy
    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities


    Theme: Adoption of technologiesEnergy
    Type: Strategy/action plan
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities


    Theme: Adoption of technologiesEnergy
    Type: Method/service
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities