Florida Development Aims To Be Energy Self-Sufficient City

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A 75-megawatt solar farm will provide power for Babcock Ranch during the day.

August 26, 2016

Rendering: Babcock Ranch.

Babcock Ranch in southwest Florida, a development that plans to eventually house 50,000 people, is being billed as the nation’s first solar community.

Built on a former cattle ranch and current wildlife corridor, it will feature microgrids throughout the community, and a 75-megawatt solar farm to be installed by Florida Power & Light. The community will also have gigabit-speed internet connectivity and a shared fleet of autonomous electric vehicles.

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