Developers of the proposed Cape Wind electric generation project said they have refined the design of the 130-tower project to include 78 percent fewer blinking red aviation lights, but towers whose turbines would reach 440 feet above Nantucket Sound, an increase of 23 feet over earlier plans.
The project, which is undergoing environmental reviews and faces strong opposition from Governor Mitt Romney and US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, said under new Federal Aviation Administration guidelines, it only has to install a single red aviation beacon on towers around the perimeter of the project, rather than two lights on each of the 130 towers.
As a result, the project would have a total of 57 red lights, not 260. Cape Wind developers also said by using a new kind of General Electric Co. generating equipment, the project will be able to produce 7 percent more power than originally projected, nearly 1.6 million megawatt-hours annually or enough to serve 265,000 average-sized homes.
(By Peter J. Howe, Globe staff)
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