BARNSTABLE, Mass. — When a developer proposed building an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound two decades ago, some of the fiercest opposition came from Cape Cod residents.

Yesterday, they struck a different tone, welcoming America’s first major offshore wind project ashore with open arms.

A 35-mile offshore transmission cable serving Vineyard Wind, a 62 turbine project planned in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard, will land in Barnstable on the type of pristine sand beach that has long made Cape Cod a popular summer destination. But instead of fighting offshore wind, as the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D) did from his compound in nearby Hyannis Port decades ago, local officials have welcomed Vineyard Wind.

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