The very first solar-powered town in the United States of America is officially up and running, and it’s located right here in Southwest Florida. Babcock Ranch welcomed its first set of residents in January 2018.
The town of Badcock Ranch is bustling with a few shops, restaurants and a charter school is in the process of building a high school.
Donna Aveck is one of the first residents to move into the Babcock Ranch community. She loves the fact that they have their own water treatment plant, tankless hot-water heater, and recycle stations situated all throughout the neighborhood. But most importantly, she’s excited to be a part of a sustainable community.
“This is a small planet, and everyone has to do their part to protect this planet,” Donna explained.
Babcock Ranch plans to build 19,500 homes which include apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes.
“We’re excited to see the diverse mix of people who are already buying homes here. That’s why schools are so important,” said Lisa Hall, president, and CEO of Hall Media Strategies and spokeswoman for Babcock Ranch.
“We said from the beginning that schools and education would come first. I think we proved we meant it last August when we opened the school,” said Lisa.
“No one was living here yet, and we had 158 students here from kindergarten through sixth grade.”
One might think there’s a tax incentive to developing Babcock Ranch that’s not the case. “This is not a government stepping in and trying to make this happen,” Lisa explained.
“The real goal here is that Florida is back to growing 1,000 people a day. … We have to be smarter. We have to accommodate the growth because they’re going to keep coming. And we have to do it in a way that’s sustainable.”
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