Meet Babcock Ranch - America's First Solar-Powered Suburb

Meet Babcock Ranch – America’s First Solar-Powered Suburb

by | published May 17th, 2018

Nestled in the heart of southwest Florida, Babcock Ranch has no shortage of acclaim.

Since the project broke ground back in 2014, it has been crowned as the largest development project currently underway, the world’s “most sustainable city,” and, more importantly, the first solar-powered city in U.S. history.

The brainchild of real estate developer Syd Kitson, a retired offensive lineman formerly with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, Babcock Ranch will have the world’s largest photovoltaic solar energy generation field.

The “FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center” comes with 343,000 panels laid out along 350 acres – the equivalent to about 200 football fields and will supply the community and surrounding areas with 74.5 megawatts of clean, renewable solar energy.


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Residents are connected to FPL’s grid in the same way as any other utility consumers and billed at the same rates. “For us to truly be sustainable and a solar-powered town, we absolutely have got to do it on a utility-scale basis, period,” Kitson said. “Solar power comes to us first, and the excess goes into the grid. I can’t see how that’s not a huge win for everybody.”

And it is Kitson’s pursuit of utility-scale solar is the key to the long-term viability of the project.

“Along with innovation and change, there’s a throwback to an earlier time,” says Donna Aveck, who arrived in January with her husband, Jim. “We’re thrilled to be pioneers.”

Ten single-megawatt batteries that became operational earlier this year on the western edge of the solar field can store power for up to four hours.

That allows a stable discharge during cloudy spells and creates a “reserve” of energy for peak evening demand.

“Improving technologies for energy storage are moving us ever closer to our goal of full reliance on clean, renewable energy,” Kitson said. “As home to the largest solar-plus-storage system operating in America, we are proud to be leading the way.”

Now, Babcock Ranch is still in its infancy.

The ultimate plan is for a solar-powered city of 19,500 homes with a downtown, schools, restaurants, shopping and leisure facilities, and more than 50 miles of nature trails for walkers, runners, and cyclists. By full build-out, Babcock Ranch is estimated to have about 50,000 residents.

Only about 20 families have taken up residence so far, a number that’s expected to grow to about 100 by the end of this year as more new homes become ready for occupancy.

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The U.S. Department of Energy states that 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth every second.

That’s 10,000 times the world’s total energy consumption.

Advancements in science and technology have cut the costs of solar power by a stunning 99%, leading to rapid growth in the sector.

For the first time in history, the production cost of renewables is now lower than that of fossil fuels.

Worldwide, solar power has doubled in capacity every two years for the last 20 years.

Businesses are buying more solar power than ever before. AT&T Inc. and Walmart Inc. are among 36 businesses, government agencies, and universities that have agreed to buy 3.3 gigawatts GW of renewable power so far this year.

And that is just a small taste of what has been happening in the solar market in the past decade alone.

Solar investments already surpassed coal, gas, and nuclear power combined in 2017, and are on track to do so again this year.

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