Self-Driving Shuttle Ushers Students to School At Babcock Ranch

The wheels on the shuttle go round and round even when nobody is driving it. A self-driving, electric shuttle takes students to school once a week at Babcock Ranch. The shuttle is part of a lofty plan for autonomous vehicles at Babcock. Its plan is to introduce a service that will allow its residents to call for driver-less […]

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Babcock Ranch, Lee Health leaders light it up with friendly power competition

Babcock Ranch Developer Syd Kitson, and Lee Health president and CEO Larry Antonucci, and their teams took part in a friendly competition at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center at Babcock Ranch. The facility has the first electricity-generating workout equipment in the US, and that’s just one of the elements that […]

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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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Living Smart: Technology at Babcock Ranch

We’re building a sustainable city. To us, sustainability and technology go hand-in-hand. Using state-of-the-art technology and creating a living laboratory for new ideas, we want to turn Babcock Ranch into a sustainable city that many generations to come will call home. Technology at Babcock Ranch will include (but is certainly not limited to): Fiber internet […]

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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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Weather warnings: Lightning protection in Babcock Ranch

The nation’s first solar-powered city, Babcock Ranch now has its own lightning-protection system by Thor Guard. The system, in use now at multiple NFL stadiums and college campuses, sounds an alarm when it detects lightning within 10 miles of the development and then sounds a different signal when the lightning moves beyond 10 miles away. To read […]

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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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The Top Five Things to Know About Fiber Internet

From solar energy to transportation, Babcock Ranch is at the vanguard of cutting-edge technology. Earlier this year, we announced we were taking another bold technology step for the solar-powered community in Southwest Florida by unveiling a partnership with CenturyLink to deliver one of the fastest residential internet speeds in the U.S. CenturyLink’s data network will […]

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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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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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Chevy Bolt Night

Join Us for Chevy Night: The Florida Debut of the Chevrolet Bolt

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be hosting Chevy Night on July 21st. Local collectors and dealers will show off their classic Chevy cars to welcome the newest member of the Chevrolet family: the Bolt EV. Chevy Night will celebrate the Florida debut of the Bolt EV, named 2017 North American Car of the […]

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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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World’s First Solar-Powered Town Under Construction In Southwest Florida

Launch of Babcock Ranch signals rebound of real estate market Punta Gorda, Florida – Today, Kitson & Partners ushered in a new era of smart growth with the unveiling of Babcock Ranch, which – when completed – will be the most sustainable, most innovative and healthiest new town in the country. Located in southwest Florida, […]

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