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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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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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Babcock Ranch Featured on The Weather Channel

Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, spoke to The Weather Channel about the effects of Hurricane Irma at Babcock Ranch. Listen to Syd as he talks about the history of Babcock Ranch, our solar fields, and the minimal impacts we felt from Hurricane Irma in September 2017. “The eye of the storm […]

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The Best Homebuilders in Florida

When developer Kitson & Partners started planning for the town of Babcock Ranch, the firm knew only the best homebuilders in Florida would be privileged to build there. That’s because Babcock Ranch is the nation’s first new town powered by solar energy. With this groundbreaking project, Kitson sought builders that would embrace the concepts of […]

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Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Sustainable

You’ve read about sustainable communities such as Babcock Ranch, but how do you make your own home more sustainable? One definition of sustainability holds that residents can meet their current needs without compromising the next generation’s ability to satisfy their own needs at the expense of the environment. When it comes to your home, there […]

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Benefits of Solar Power

The Benefits of Solar Power

There’s a reason Florida is called the Sunshine State. So, it’s no surprise that Florida Power & Light has embarked on an ambitious plan to build a network of solar plants across the state. In Southwest Florida, it has collaborated with developer Kitson & Partners to build the Babcock Ranch Energy Center. The Babcock Ranch […]

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Addressing Water Management at Babcock Ranch

We have heard the concerns of some Babcock Ranch neighbors regarding recent flooding along State Road 31 and other local areas. In some instances, questions have been raised about whether the development work taking place at Babcock Ranch has contributed to these conditions. The most straightforward, honest answer is “No.” We want to share information […]

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Post Hurricane Irma Update

Hurricane Irma put our preparedness planning to a full-scale test before the first resident moves in and we are pleased to report our new town was up to the challenge. After allowing a week for employees to focus on their own homes and families, all Babcock Ranch offices and model homes re-opened Monday, September 18. […]

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community gardening

The Easiest Plants to Grow in a Neighborhood Garden

Dust off your gardening tools when you move to Babcock Ranch. That’s because our town’s developer, Kitson & Partners, has made neighborhood gardens an essential part of each community. If you’re new to the idea of neighborhood gardening, the concept is a collaborative greenspace in which the participants share in both the maintenance of the […]

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Full Moon Hike

Charlotte County community dubbed ‘City of the Future’

You’ll find solar trees throughout the heart of Babcock Ranch, and electric vehicle charging stations in every home. It’s out-of-the box ideas like these that are helping Babcock Ranch exceed the “city of the future’s” sustainable expectations. “We’ve accelerated past what even the original vision was,” said Babcock Ranch President Rick Severance. “I don’t think we’ve had […]

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People to Watch: Tracking builders Diggs, Rooney, Kitson

They are all framing and building communities – but in their own ways. Syd Kitson, Francis Rooney and Derrick Diggs were named The News-Press People to Watch for 2017 because of the challenges and opportunities awaiting them. The News-Press editorial board is reviewing their work each quarter of this year, tracking how they are making a […]

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Babcock Ranch: The Most Environmentally Sensitive Development

Babcock Ranch: The Most Environmentally Sensitive Development

Curry Lake is a prime example why Babcock Ranch has been hailed as the most environmentally sensitive development in Florida. The lake on the Babcock Ranch property provides a model for the surface-water management strategies that will be incorporated throughout the town as it grows. Rather than create manmade solutions for storm water, Babcock Ranch […]

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Chevy Bolt EV rolls out in Florida with a road trip to Babcock Ranch

Cross-state test drive features overnight recharge in solar-powered town General Motors marked the Florida debut of the Bolt EV with a road trip from Miami to Southwest Florida on Friday, July 21st. Named 2017 North American Car of the Year, the Bolt EV boasts a 238-mile range on a single battery charge.  The cross-state drive […]

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Bringing Sustainability to Southwest Florida

Bringing Sustainability to Southwest Florida

Years ago, Southwest Florida developers indiscriminately dug canals and roads without any regard for the environment. If you travel the local back roads you’ll see some communities continue to live with the consequences of this lack of planning. Fast-forward to 2017: Kitson & Partners, the developer of Babcock Ranch, is bringing real sustainability to Southwest […]

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Technology and Quality of Life

Human longevity presents one of the most compelling links between technology and quality of life. According to the Social Security Administration, life expectancy at birth in 1930 was 58 for men and 62 for women. Today, a man reaching age 65 can expect to live on average until age 84.3 and a woman to age […]

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The First Solar Powered Town in the US

In a unique partnership between Florida Power & Light and developer Kitson & Partners, Babcock Ranch’s solar plant will generate enough power to sustain the needs of the town’s projected population of 50,000 residents. Another first: Babcock Ranch will become the world’s first new town where solar-energy production will exceed residents’ energy consumption. For sheer […]

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Building with SIP Panels at Babcock Ranch

Homebuilders at Babcock Ranch are using some of the most innovative building materials on the market, ensuring the community is among the eco-friendliest in the world. Structural integrated panels are the 21st century building material that forward-thinking homebuilders such as Fox Premier Builders are using at Babcock Ranch. Known by their initials, SIPs, these panels […]

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Biking for Beginners

Babcock Ranch will have 50 miles of paths for residents to use and biking will be one of the preferred modes of transportation. But if you haven’t ridden a bike for a few years or if you’re a beginner, you might be overwhelmed by the new choices in bikes and gear. Fortunately, there are lots […]

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What is a Sustainable City?

Most people may not know the definition of a sustainable town, but they might recognize one when they see it. Perhaps they notice the tidy streets, residents walking their dogs and chatting with neighbors in the evening or the birds chirping in the parks while children play on the swings. Or maybe they see it […]

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What is STEAM Education?

Classes at the Babcock Neighborhood School start in August 2017 and the students will be the first to benefit from a new education program designed to help them compete in the 21st Century. The eco-focused Babcock Ranch development provides the ideal foundation for a student-centered education built on active learning, collaboration, and community. Indeed, these […]

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