Babcock Ranch: The first solar-powered town in U.S.

Feb 17, 2018, 5:57 AM EST
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(Source: Gray Lensman QX!/flickr)

Smart growth and preservation can share a harmonious relationship – that’s the message Syd Kitson, a Florida developer, is sending out with Babcock Ranch, America’s first town running entirely on solar power.

Spanning over 18,000 acres, this new self-sustaining town in Florida has the spirit of a typical community with restaurants, stores, a school, and thousands of households, but zero emissions and the ability to power neighboring cities with surplus energy, notes Green Matters.

Balancing the solar tech with economics in such a large estate still remains a hurdle, writes Popular Mechanics. For now, the town relies on traditional electric grid to meet energy requirements at night and on cloudy days, a situation that will change as solar energy storage technology gets cheaper for commercial application.