Solar-Powered City to Be Built

Developer Kitson & Partners announced a landmark agreement with Florida Power & Light (FPL) to build 75-megawatt solar PV power plants at Babcock Ranch, Florida, effectively making it the world's first city powered by solar energy. The 17,000-acre city of Babcock Ranch will also be home to an integrated smart grid that will provide greater efficiencies and allow residents and businesses to monitor and control their energy consumption. All commercial buildings and homes in the new city will be certified as energy-efficient and constructed according to Florida Green Building Council standards.

Subject to State of Florida approvals, groundbreaking on the FPL solar facility is targeted for late 2009, with construction of the city center targeted for mid-2010 and construction of the first residential and commercial buildings targeted for late 2010. A study conducted by Fishkind & Associates found that the city of Babcock Ranch will generate 20,000 permanent jobs across a wide range of industries and income levels, including education, retail, service industries, high technology, administration and manufacturing. Thousands of additional temporary jobs will be created in construction and related fields over the next 20

 

 

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By Vasil Sidorov on April 22, 2009 after RenewableEnergyWorld.com

 


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