Guess we can't have flashing lights near the backyard of wind tower erector Reed & Reed. Why should Rep. Berry's district or Reed & Reed's district have to endure nighttime lights as those have done for years looking at Rocky Dundee in the photo above of the Rollins Wind factory near Lincoln? (Rainer Egle photo)
Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, said it would have been nice if CMP had looked into lighting alternatives before installing the new towers.
“I have certainly heard from scores of individuals about it,” he said. “It is very disruptive to the nighttime beauty of the bay. A lot of folks have concerns about the impact on the wildlife, the avian wildlife on the bay which is globally renowned.”
WOOLWICH — When bright red lights began flashing on new Central Maine Power transmission towers near the mouth of the Kennebec River, neighbors within view were taken by surprise.
Neighbors said they were never told the lights, which flash white during the day but red at night, would be installed. Fog and clouds and the reflection off the water make the flashes of red through the night more prominent. One tower sits in Bath and the other on Chop Point School property, carrying lines across Chops Point. The lights can be seen from Merrymeeting Bay, and as far away as Pleasant Point in Topsham and Brown’s Point Road in Bowdoinham.
“First we noticed the white lights,” said Sarah Lambertson of Woolwich. She lives close to the towers on Temple Road.
“One day we looked out and my husband goes, ‘What are those white lights?’ ” Lambertson said. “The sunset had just come down and (the lights) turned red. We said, ‘This is not OK.’ ”
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