The First Solar Powered Town in America
About Solar Energy
In Babcock Ranch
Babcock Ranch donated the land for the solar facility – but it is owned and operated by FPL. Residents are billed for the energy they use at the same rates as any other FPL customer. Savings come via the energy efficiency of homes that don’t need as much power to operate.
Solar trees are an innovative combination of technology, functionality, and art. Solar trees at Founder’s Square and other neighborhood parks are a focal point for solar energy education, while also serving as charging stations for residents to power up their handheld devices.
Solar panels installed on the roofs of commercial buildings at Founder’s Square are the first of several “micro-communities” that will expand FPL’s solar generating capacity at Babcock Ranch as the town grows.
HOW IT WORKS
During the day – since electric power always flows from the nearest source of generation- the electricity generated at the Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center flows to the FPL substation located next to our water and wastewater utility, and then on into town. Any energy generated by the solar plant that is not pulled down to meet demand at Babcock Ranch flows on out to the grid to serve other FPL customers. When the sun goes down and the solar plant is not generating, Babcock Ranch will pull electricity off the grid from the closest FPL natural gas power plant.
The Babcock Ranch FPL Solar Energy Center is located slightly north on the Babcock Ranch property. It provides 74.5 megawatts of solar capacity and is located on a total of 440 acres. With a little over 300,000 solar panels, the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center will provide power to the entire town of Babcock and surrounding areas. To learn more, we encourage you to check out our solar fact sheet.