Babcock Ranch

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Utility company Florida Power & Light unveiled a new component to their solar field in Punta Gorda  for members of the media Friday . FPL is saying it’s one of the biggest of its kind in the country. 

Tara Calligan

Developers Kitson and Partners unveiled Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County today. It will be the first town in the nation primarily powered by solar energy, along with a few other surprises.

FPL Breaks Ground on Three Solar Power Plants

Feb 12, 2016

Florida Power and Light broke ground on three new solar power plants Thursday. The ceremony was held on the future site of the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. The other sites include FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County and the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County. The three new, community-sized solar plants will be among the largest in the Eastern United States. FPL will install more than one million solar panels within these large-scale solar energy centers.

Courtesy Kitson and Partners

Construction is underway for a solar-powered town in Southwest Florida. Babcock Ranch will cross Lee and Charlotte Counties. It could be home to some Floridians by 2017.

Developer Syd Kitson said the goal for Babcock Ranch is to be the most sustainable town in the United States. 

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 A Florida real estate developer is one step closer to creating a sustainable town after settling a dispute with energy companies over land.