Florida Power & Light is planning to spend $350 million to build a 75MW photovoltaic plant, which would power a planned city, Babcock Ranch,near Fort Myers. If developed, Babcock Ranch will be the world’s firstcity to be powered entirely by solar energy. Costing a whopping $2billion, the project will be developed by Kitson & Partners.
The city will be wireless-enabled using ultrahigh-capacity “digital pipeline”, which will support the use of the most recent technical innovations. Since the citywill be green, its inhabitants will mostly use electric cars, whichcould be recharged at convenient community-wide recharging stations.Florida Power & Light is estimating that once fully developed, thecity would generate excessive solar energy, which would be sold back tothe grid for greening neighboring cities as well.
With6 million square feet of inhabitable space, the city will have about19,500 homes and about 45,000 residents. Construction on the projectcould begin later this year if the project is approved by the stateregulatory authorities.
Theoverall cost of the project would make it impossible for developingnations to follow the path. However, the city could be a test bed forall ecofriendly technologies being developed presently.