Florida Is Creating First Solar-Powered Town
April 25, 2016
A small area in Southwest Florida wants to make history by creating a town that is completely powered by the sun. Developers Kitson & Partners recently unveiled plans to develop the world’s first solar-powered town.
Babcock Ranch is the nation’s largest development under construction, but it’ll soon also be able to tout that it’s the first solar-powered town too. Phase one of the development is set to be completed in 2017 and will accommodate 1,100 residents.
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When built out, the development will be able to accommodate 50,000 people and boast 19,500 residences, a downtown, and 6 million square feet of commercial and community space.
“Babcock Ranch will exemplify what it means to be a town of the future, offering residents a highly unique balance of the most technologically advanced infrastructure and amenities, with ready access to a rich natural environment and a true sense of community,” says Syd Kitson, Kitson & Partners Chairman and CEO. “Less than a year from today, the first residents will be settling into a whole new way of life, one that is conscientious, engaging and connected.”
A 443-acre solar power plant, which will be located in Babcock Ranch, will power the entire town.
“We’ve been working hard to cost-effectively bring more emissions-free universal-scale solar to Florida for more than 10 years,” FPL president and CEO Eric Silagy says.
Source: “Florida Building First Solar-Powered Town,” HousingWire (April 22, 2016)
Updated: November 23, 2020