Babcock Ranch, Florida: World’s first solar powered town | GBRI

Babcock Ranch is the first solar powered town in the world and is being developed by Kitson & Partners in Charlotte County, Florida, just 20 minutes east of Fort Myers. The planned community, which is all set to become America’s most sustainable town,¬†will be powered almost entirely by the sun, turning to natural gas on cloudy days. Homes in the town will be energy-efficient, most of them constructed with insulated panels designed to handle any type of Florida weather.

The town will be walkable and bikeable, with 50 miles of nature trails. Residents will be able to plant crops in community gardens. Houses will be set near sidewalks so neighbors can more easily interact with one another. To encourage residents to drive electric vehicles, the town will install numerous charging stations. Its public vehicle fleet will also be electric and driver-less.

Syd Kitson, CEO of Kitson & Partners says that¬†the idea behind the ranch was to create a town that aims “to go back to the way we used to live when we were younger, where you know your neighbors and has the things you remember when you were growing up.”

Kitson hopes his future town “will be a model for the rest of the country, maybe even the world,” he said. “The greatest thing we can do is create a model that works economically and where people want to live.”

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