Wales

Welsh Tory leader denies hiding solar park interest

Andrew RT Davies
Image caption Mr Davies 'properly declared' his interest in the land, a Conservative spokesman says

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has denied any wrongdoing by asking assembly questions about solar energy.

Wales Online reported Labour claims that he did not reveal an interest in land now used as a solar park.

A Welsh Conservative spokesman said Mr Davies had "properly declared" his interest in the land near Cowbridge.

The Tory leader made no money from the sale of the solar park by the company renting the land, he added.

3C Energy - formerly known as Cambourne Energy Investments Ltd - sold five solar parks, including one it was developing at Garn Farm, St Hilary, in 2013 for a reported total of more than £83m.

The 40 acre (16.5 ha) site began generating power in March 2014, enough to supply 1,900 homes.

Image caption Solar parks are a key part of the drive to renewable energy

"Andrew posed a question to the [Welsh] government in specific relation to a constituent enquiry," the Welsh Conservative spokesman said, referring to a question in June 2012 about planning guidance to local authorities for solar energy projects.

"Any suggestion otherwise is entirely untrue."

The spokesman added: "Mr Davies has made no money from the sale of the sites mentioned.

"His only interest is in land - as properly declared."

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