SOLARISE - Solar Adoption Rise in the Two Seas

Solar is one of the most abundant of all renewable energy sources, and solar energy generation has increased rapidly in recent years accounting for 11% of EU renewable electricity.

As one of the sunniest parts of the UK, the Greater Brighton city region has one some of the best opportunities for harnessing solar energy as a source of renewable energy. In spite of this, financial, regulatory and technical barriers continue to restrict its deployment.

Brighton & Hove City Council are now a partner in the SOLARISE project which aims to develop innovative means of addressing and removing some of these barriers in partnership with eleven other organisations from the UK, France, Netherlands and Belgium in a project led by the University of Picardy. The project started in March 2018 and will run until June 2021. Solutions may include battery storage, greater self-consumption of solar generated energy; smart grids and proposals to regulatory changes.

In Brighton & Hove we will be working to:

  • develop an energy plan and solar roadmap for the Greater Brighton city region, in partnership with key organisations from across the area
  • investigate and deliver innovative pilot installations on housing assets, learning how best we can reduce tenant and leasehold fuel bills by utilising our roofspace
  • develop a network of like-minded partners who can learn from one another to overcome challenges currently facing the solar industry