Developer Plans Solar City in Southwest Florida

by Matt Ball on April 13, 2009

babcock_ranch_mspThe 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.

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August April 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

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