Babcock Ranch - This Florida City Is 100% Solar-Powered
Babcock Ranch offers a town-size rejoinder to those who say solar power can’t scale. In the suburbs of Fort Myers in South Florida, Babcock is meant to become America’s first city fueled entirely by the sun, thanks to its 75-megawatt array of solar panels. Only two families have moved in so far, but students from nearby towns have already filled the first of several planned schools, and the footprint includes plans for 19,500 homes and about 50,000 residents.
So far, only about 100 homes are contracted for construction—but self-driving shuttles have already begun to ferry people around.
|This Florida City Is 100% Solar-Powered
About 343,000 sun-hungry panels fuel Babcock Ranch, where residents are just starting to move in.