DONALD Trump, an outspoken critic of wind turbines, has revealed he has shares in a wind power company.
The billionaire businessman’s stake in Nextera Energy has been made public as he bids to become the next President of the United States of America.
The tycoon, worth around £6.5 billion and whose mother was from the Isle of Lewis, is famed for his dislike of wind energy.
He became embroiled in a bitter legal battle against an offshore wind farm near his Aberdeenshire golf resort.
While just last month he claimed former First Minister Alex Salmond was bent on destroying “some of the great beauty of the world” by backing wind power.
The revelation came to light in a financial disclosure to the Federal Election Commission.
Included the 69-year-old’s 90 page list was the admission he holds shares ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 Nextera Energy.
The firm based in Florida claim to be one of the world’s largest generators of wind power.
On its website is says it is “No. 1 in North America in renewable energy from the wind and sun”.
At the opening of his golf course Trump Turnberry in Aberdeenshire in June Mr Trump took a dig at wind farms and the Scottish Government’s support of them.
He said: “I have not spoken to Alex Salmond in years but I think it is a terrible thing he has done to Scotland.
“He has destroyed some of the great beauty of the world. Scotland is known for its landscape and I fly over Scotland and I see these windmills that are killing the birds.
“Alex Salmond has done Scotland a tremendous disservice. Alex has done a tremendous disservice to this incredible landscape.”
Mr Trump’s camp, however, have distanced themselves for any claims of hypocrisy.
A spokesman for Mr Trump said: “The report clearly states that ‘Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management A/C 1 Brokerage Acct Holdings’ manages a portion of Mr Trump’s money and independently makes investments on his behalf.
“These types of investments and the specific stocks chosen by Deutsche are done without Mr Trump’s knowledge or involvement.”
Commenting on the declaration Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie said: “I’m not at all surprised.”