Real estate developer Kitson & Partners announced a landmark agreement with electric utility Florida Power & Light on April 9 to build the world's largest solar photovoltaic power plant at Babcock Ranch, Fla. The 17,000-acre city of Babcock Ranch will consume less power than the proposed FPL on-site solar facilities will produce, allowing it to become the first city on earth powered by zero-emission solar energy The city of Babcock Ranch will also be home to an integrated “smart grid” that will provide greater efficiencies and allow residents and businesses to monitor and control their energy consumption. All commercial buildings and homes in the new city will be certified as energy-efficient and constructed according to Florida Green Building Council standards.
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