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Announcing Battery Storage at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center

Babcock Ranch’s clean energy efforts were taken to the next level when FPL created the largest solar-plus-storage system operating in the U.S. today. Each of the ten large gray steel battery storage units at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center can store 1 megawatt of power and discharge for 4 hours. The adjacent 440 […]

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The Country’s First Solar-Powered Town Has Arrived in Florida—And You Can Live There For Less Than $200K

Babcock Ranch was recently featured in an article from Coastal Living: “In a state nicknamed after sunshine, Floridians—and loads of tourists—bank on the sun for many things: warmth, Vitamin D, the perfect weather for lazy-day beach lounging. And in the new community of Babcock Ranch, 50,000 residents will rely on it for 100-percent of their […]

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New Florida City Will Produce its Own Power and Run Self-Driving Buses

Daniel Shoer Roth of the Miami Herald dubbed Babcock Ranch as the city of the future in a recent feature about our solar energy initiatives and self-driving shuttles. The city of the future will not be the cold metal domes or Mars settlements of science fiction movies. It will be a community of 19,500 homes […]

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New Driverless Shuttles to Hit the Roads in Babcock Ranch

Driverless shuttles were test driven today in America’s only solar city. This comes one week after the first owners moved into their solar home in Babcock Ranch. Passengers in these shuttles say they’re taking everything pretty slowly, but add that this technology might just be the future of mobility. To read the full story, click […]

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Babcock Ranch Testing 1 of 65 Driverless Shuttles Worldwide

Our driverless shuttles have made a splash! We were recently featured in NBC-2 for our automated shuttle, 1 of 65 in the world! There are only 65 automated shuttles in the world, and now Babcock Ranch is home to one of them. The driverless vehicles is the first of its kind in Southwest Florida. The […]

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Richard and Robin Kinley are First Residents of 17,500-acre Master-Planned Community of Babcock Ranch

Our first residents, Richard and Robin Kinley, were featured in a story from the Herald Tribune. To the locals near Southwest Florida’s bays and beaches, Babcock Ranch seems “way out there” — 30 minutes southeast of downtown Punta Gorda and 20 northeast of Fort Myers. But young retirees Richard and Robin Kinley say it seems […]

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Is Florida’s Babcock Ranch the City of the Future?

The brainchild of former football star and developer Syd Kitson is getting attention as a potential model for forward-thinking cities. The city of the future will not be the cold metal domes or Mars settlements of science fiction movies. It will be a community of 19,500 homes surrounded by thousands of acres of green space […]

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An ABC News Feature: Welcome to America’s First Solar-Powered Town

Our first residents, Richard and Robin Kinley, were the focus of a recent article from ABC News! “Richard and Robin Kinley are among the retirees who move to Florida every year. However, this couple gets to watch the sunset every night over a lake that’s named after them — Lake Kinley. The sustainable Babcock Ranch, […]

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Are Babcock Ranch Homes Hurricane Safe?

When you move to Florida, you’ll learn hurricanes are a part of life. Old timers will tell you of living through past storms in the kinds of homes that would never be built today. Back then, the building codes were nothing like they are today. This all changed after Hurricane Andrew hit Miami in 1992. […]

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Babcock Ranch Featured on CBS This Morning

We’re excited to share that we were featured on CBS This Morning for our sustainability and solar efforts. Take a look at the clip featured on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 below.

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Boost Your Exercise Routine! Benefits of Group Fitness Classes

Let’s be honest: Some days you just don’t feel like exercising. Whether you run, cycle or walk, sometimes you’re just not motivated to get out there. You have all kinds of excuses: It’s hot, it’s raining or I have too much work to do are just some of them. Even professional athletes hit slumps. That’s […]

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Walking to Improve Health

With more than 50 miles of trails, Babcock Ranch offers plenty of opportunities for walkers. In fact, developer Kitson & Partners developed Babcock Ranch to promote pedestrian instead of vehicular traffic. The town’s streets fanning out from the downtown area called Founders Square are specifically designed to encourage residents to leave their cars parked and […]

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Lee Health Gets Exclusive Babcock Ranch Medical Rights

Lee Health and Babcock Ranch have sealed a deal to give the public hospital system exclusive rights to perform medical services in the new, ecologically minded community northeast of Fort Myers. The deal, which the hospital system’s elected governing board approved Thursday, provides Lee Health these rights for the first five years and gives the […]

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In Southwest Florida, Taking a Shine to the Nation’s First Solar-Powered Town

We were thrilled to have Diane Daniel on-site last December to write a piece to be featured in the Washington Post. “Along a dirt road leading into Florida’s past, I stopped to marvel at its future, or at least one vision of it. I was headed to Babcock Ranch Eco-Tours, where visitors pay to tour […]

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First Homeowners Move into Babcock Ranch Community

“Babcock Ranch, the nation’s first solar city–years in the making–is celebrating a major milestone.” We are very excited to announce that our first homeowners, Richard and Robin Kinley, moved into their new home on January 4, 2018! Take a look at recent story covered by WINK News about this historic day for Babcock Ranch. Click here […]

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Things to Do in Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida’s climate is so temperate you might wonder why people stay cooped up inside. We’ll admit summers can be hot, but cool mornings and evenings are perfect times to get outside. Dawn and dusk offer gentle breezes that remind you that nature is spectacular in Southwest Florida. From baseball spring training to new restaurants […]

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Babcock Ranch Featured on BBC Newsday

Babcock Ranch is making international headlines and was most recently featured on BBC Newsday. “A big moment in renewable energy for the United States: at the start of 2018, the town of Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida will become the first community in America to be fully solar-powered.” Listen to the entire clip about Babcock Ranch below. […]

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Model Home Spotlight: The Lauren by Florida Lifestyle Homes

Moving to Florida doesn’t mean you have to downsize. In fact, you may find family guests visiting you more often, especially during the cold winter months up north. When the kids or friends are visiting, you might need a home office that provides some peace when you need it. Flexibility and room to adapt to […]

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A Year Filled with Major Milestones is Just the Beginning For Babcock Ranch

Every day brings a new opportunity to make history at Babcock Ranch. The environmentally-friendly new town rising just northeast of Fort Myers is wrapping up a year jam-packed with historic ‘firsts’ – and looking ahead to many more exciting milestones in the weeks and months ahead. While construction of the first commercial buildings and homes […]

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Babcock Ranch, the Solar Town, Ramps Up in 2018

Babcock Ranch was recently featured in the Fort Myers News-Press for what’s to come in 2018. “For Babcock Ranch, a solar-powered community in the works for more than a decade, 2017 turned out to be the year it visually became a town thanks to a restaurant, a school and a community gathering space. As 2018 […]

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