September 18, 2014

Babcock Ranch Powered Only By the Sun?

Art Levy | 5/1/2009

The planned Babcock Ranch will be powered entirely by solar power, the town’s developer has announced. Kitson and Partners will build $300 million worth of solar panels on a 400-acre site in the town-from-scratch, which is being constructed on 18,000 acres straddling Lee and Charlotte counties. The solar arrays will be owned and operated by Florida Power & Light. Initially, they will generate 75 megawatts. Developer Syd Kitson says the power produced will exceed that needed by the 45,000 residents expected to live and work there. Babcock Ranch will be the first town in the world to get all of its power needs from the sun, he says.

Babcock Ranch
Babcock Ranch will be the first town to get all its power needs from the sun, Kitson says.

Kitson has pledged to use green building practices and technologies in developing the property, which will include residential, retail and commercial structures. Kitson announced the solar project in Washington, D.C., with representatives of FPL, the Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund and the Sierra Club.

Tags: Southwest, Energy & Utilities

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Epcot's executive chef showcases what's new for Food & Wine Fest 2014
Epcot's executive chef showcases what's new for Food & Wine Fest 2014

Jens Dahlmann, Executive Chef of Epcot Food & Beverage at Walt Disney World Resort, talks about each of the new dishes to be featured at the 2014 edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Who gets your vote for governor - Scott or Crist?

  • Rick Scott
  • Charlie Crist

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe