Real estate developer Kitson & Partners and Florida Power & Light have signed an agreement that could lead to the construction of one of the world’s largest solar PV power plants. The deal calls for FPL to build and operate a 75-MW installation at the Babcock Ranch development in southwestern Florida, a 17,000-acre planned city that Kitson claims will be a model of energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building practices and will include an integrated smart grid, sustainable water management, and green roofing solutions.
FPL’s Eric Silagy. FPL’s chief development officer, said that the utility has “secured the necessary land, local zoning, and transmission access” for the PV power plant. Once the Florida state authorities approve the project, groundbreaking on the grid-connected facility could begin later this year, with construction of the city center targeted for mid-2010 and construction of the first residential and commercial buildings targeted for late 2010.
FPL spokeswoman Jackie Anderson told PV Tech that the process of selecting which type or types of solar modules or balance-of-system components that will be deployed for the Babcock Ranch project won’t begin until the plans have been approved by the Florida state legislature, which will be in session through May.
“I believe clean energy and sustainable development are the future of the American economy,” said Syd Kitson, chairman/CEO of Palm Beach Gardens, FL-based Kitson & Partners. “Babcock Ranch will be a living laboratory for companies, workers, and families ready to reap the rewards of innovation. No other place in America will be home to such a concentration of new jobs and technologies, energy-saving advances, and global economic leadership.”
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