The Babcock Ranch development is taking shape near Fort Meyers, Fla., with a commitment from Florida Power and Light to build a 75 megawatt solar power plant on 400 acres. The solar plant is coupled with plans for solar power on rooftops and a smart grid to put this city on the cutting edge of renewable energy.
Babcock Ranch has a 91,000 acre parcel, but has entered into an agreement with the state to preserve 80 percent ( 73,000 acres) as a state conservation area. The remaining 17,000 acres are designed as a series of villages and hamlets that all connect to a town center. The individual comunities feature town halls, day care facilities and schools surrounded by parks. The city is located close to the Southwest Florida International Airport and I-75.