Renewable energy 'should be no-brainer for firms...'

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INTRODUCING renewable energy systems should be a 'no-brainer' for local businesses, but they have been made 'financially unviable' to run, a hotelier has claimed.

An electric vehicle charging point was installed at Les Douvres Hotel last year, while another is planned for the Fleur du Jardin and should be installed in the next couple of months.

Ian Walker, managing director of both hotels, said the facility at Les Douvres had so far been a great success.

He said he was supportive of higher-scale facilities, such as renewable power systems and larger charging structures, but said current charges imposed on these made them prohibitive to run.

Guernsey Electricity's chief executive Alan Bates said this surcharge was in place for commercial use only to prevent additional costs 'from being picked up by all other electricity customers'.

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