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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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Driverless future

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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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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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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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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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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Calling all entrepreneurs: VenturePitch SWFL to be held at Babcock Ranch

Source: Naples Herald December 7, 2017 Entrepreneurs will compete for up to $50,000 of investment funding in a “Shark Tank” style competition held as part of 2018 VenturePitch at Babcock Ranch in April. Contestants have until February 15 to submit their application for the event where four finalists will be able to pitch their business […]

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Electric Slide: Buy Home, Get Car

Our builder, Florida Lifestyle Homes, was recently featured in BuilderOnline.com for their exciting new incentive: buy the Lauren model and get a choice of the Chevy Bolt or Volt.  “When we started looking at the types of incentives we wanted to put together for Babcock Ranch we wanted to focus in on what the town […]

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Florida Lifestyle Homes introduces Sidney design at Babcock Ranch

Florida Lifestyle Homes has introduced the Sidney, a new custom home design nearing completion at Babcock Ranch, a new eco-centric town being developed in Charlotte County, east of Fort Myers off State Road 31. Located on the preserve in the Lake Timber neighborhood, the Sydney is close to the Lake House and Founder’s Square, the […]

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Self-Driving Cars Will Transform the World as We Know It—Including Where We Live

Babcock Ranch was recently featured in a story on Realtor.com about the future of real estate as autonomous vehicles make their way into the mainstream.  Clare Trapasso,  the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor, writes: Suburbanites who don’t live in a city can still get in on the autonomous, ride-sharing action. […]

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Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School Takes Home 1st Place Prize for Solar Energy Cook-Off

We’re very proud of our students at the Babcock Neighborhood School! Our students took home the 1st place prize for the 6th Annual Solar Energy Cookoff. “The Annual Solar Energy Cook-Off Challenge brings students from grades K-12 together, working as teams to design, build and cook their original dish in their solar “cookers” demonstrating the […]

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Setting a standard for sustainable growth

Babcock Ranch setting a new standard for smart, sustainable growth

Solar-powered town garnering national, international attention Florida Weekly November 29, 2017 People across the nation are talking a lot about the need for responsible growth, sustainability and “smart cities.” But to find someone who is doing something about it – you have to travel to Southwest Florida. Babcock Ranch has been attracting national and international […]

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