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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 Project is co-funded by the European Programme Interreg 2 Seas. Its goal is to accelerate the adoption of solar energy in the 2 seas territories through innovative pilot solar installations.

    This project brings together 12 partners and 14 observers with different but complementary profiles in France, UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. The University of Amiens is coordinating this project which started in March 2018 with a budget of about 4.5 million euros over 43 months.

    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. Facades of public or private buildings;
    3. Industries often for self-consumption;
    4. 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 will be 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 SOLARISE project organises several events that are open to public in order to share the solar potential in the 2 Seas Region.



    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


    URL / Download

    Guide package on legislation, market, technologies and best practices

    Theme: Energy efficiency - Renewable energies
    Type: Method/tool
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce - Universities and research centres