The Tories have been accused of hypocrisy over wind farms after it emerged two of their MSPs profit from turbines.
Newly elected North East MSP Peter Chapman and Ayr MSP John Scott revealed their personal gain in Holyrood’s register of interests.
Scott said part of his farm’s income comes from a contract with CRE Energy to provide access over the land to a wind farm.
Chapman, also a farmer, owns shares in Redbogs Renewables, a wind energy company with a value of £750,000. Turbines have been built on his land in Aberdeenshire.
The SNP said the incomes contradict Tory opposition to wind developments.
Last year, senior Tory Murdo Fraser accused the Scottish Government of “rolling out the red carpet” for wind farms.
He said it’s time to “rein in” onshore wind developments, adding: “Rural Scotland has had enough and so have businesses and consumers.”
SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald, who sits on Holyrood’s economy committee, said: “These findings show just how shameless and self-interested the Tories are – despite arguing against windfarms, some of their MSPs are more than happy to turn a profit from them.
“It really does say it all about the Tory agenda.
“They are only interested in making a profit for themselves and have absolutely no care or consideration for the environmental and economic benefits that renewable energy brings for wider society.
“The catastrophic policies of the Tory Government at Westminster only show further how utterly misguided the party’s renewable energy policy is. Not only have they been happy to make money from their investments in wind turbines while being critical of them publicly, it also emerged this week their criticisms of turbines are completely false – with a report showing that wind turbines had, if anything, a positive effect on tourism across Scotland.”
A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: “If the SNP had been paying attention, it would realise our position is – and always has been – that we’re in favour of a balanced energy approach.
“It’s the Nationalists’ obsession with wind farms at the cost of everything else we have an issue with.”
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