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Subsidise solar power for homes, States told

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A NEW energy company is calling on the States to introduce a cash incentive to encourage Guernsey's population to embrace solar technology.

A NEW energy company is calling on the States to introduce a cash incentive to encourage Guernsey's population to embrace solar technology.

The Little Green Energy Company said subsidies were in place elsewhere across Europe, including in the UK, to reward homeowners and businesses for installing solar panels and producing electricity. This would be in addition to any fee from Guernsey Electricity for excess energy pumped back into the grid.

But while the Policy Council said it welcomed the new company and the extra choice it would bring, it remained unconvinced that subsidies were either 'desirable or necessary'. It also warned that such incentives would result in either higher electricity or tax bills for customers.

Little Green Energy technical director, Simon Dudson, pictured, said the green solar technology could help to solve energy supply issues facing the island, including the reliance on a single cable link to France.

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