SCOUT MOOR wind farm has officially opened after years of controversy.

Peel Energy, the company behind the £50 million pound development, invited councillors, construction workers and press to the farm on the moor between Edenfield and Rochdale.

Standing 60ft tall, the 26 turbines can generate enough electricity to power 40,000 houses a year.

Planning applications were submitted by Peel Energy in 2003 and permission was granted in 2005, despite objections from residents and councils.

Richard Dibley, Peel Energy’s development manager, said: “We are celebrating the fact that we now have a natural energy resource that will never run out.

“It has been quite a journey from the day the site was first identified and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way.”

A family open day will be held at the wind farm tomorrow from 10am to 2pm.