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.  

Overal Objective

The objective of this project is to facilitate the large-scale deployment of solar electricity/heat generation in the 2 Seas and support the EU to meet its target of 20% energy consumption from renewables by 2020. The consortium tests and demonstrates a series of innovative solar solutions on historical/public buildings and households (with focus on lowincome families) in both urban and rural settings. Each demonstrator reduces the cost of solar energy generation in combination with innovative storage technology to enhance efficiencies and greater use at point of generation rather than export to the grid.

SOLARISE  brings together partners from business, academic and public sectors and citizens to stimulate change in the current situation and delivers a comprehensive business case that looks at future financing and investment opportunities in solar generation. Essentially the project helps drive CO2 savings, grid balancing and provide a means to reduce energy bills.


Solarise is gefinancierd binnen het Interreg V-programma 2 Zeeën, het grensoverschrijdend samenwerkingsprogramma met financiële steun van het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling. Meer info:

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KU Leuven team


Coordinator: University of Picardie Jules Verne