Developer plans all-solar city
Apr 11, 2009 - UPI
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida developer
says he wants to build a 19,500-home city powered
entirely by solar energy.
Babcock Ranch will be developed by Kitson
& Partners on 17,000 acres northeast of Fort Myers,
Fla. The developer said it will be the "first city
on Earth powered by zero-emission solar energy," The
Miami Herald reported Saturday.
The city will include the world's largest
photovoltaic power plant, to be operated by Florida
Power & Light. The facility will cost about $300 million.
"We're out to prove that it works economically,"
developer Syd Kitson was quoted as saying. "And it's
the right thing to do for the long-term solutions
in this country."
The newspaper said researchers are working
to develop storage capability for sunlight-generated
power since solar electricity is available only during
Solar panels to power the city will
sit on 350 acres within the development. The newspaper
said more than half of the city's 17,000 acres will
be permanently protected as greenways and open space,
and will adjoin the 73,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve,
which has been purchased by the state.
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