Syd Kitson to Build Solar-Powered City in Florida

April 10th, 2009 - 10:43 pm ICT by GD  

Syd Kitson, a former NFL lineman has announced an innovative plan for an entire solar-powered city in southwest Florida. Babcock ranch, says Kitson, is going to have a good deal of green innovations including charging stations for electric powered vehicles, the largest photovoltaic solar plant in the world an a smart power grid. Kitson plans to build a city where people lead usual lives and go to shop, work and play without making long trips by car.

The city will have a bikable and walkable downtown, as many as 8000 homes including very affordable homes for local workers, a school, a fitness facility and sustainable retail stores, reported Time magazine.

Kitson has played six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers and said, “Some people think I got hit in the head a few too many times. But, I still believe deeply in Florida. And the time has come for something completely different.”

Florida Power and Light will work with Kitson to provide electricity in the futuristic city with the world’s largest photovoltaic plant. At 75-megawatts this photovoltaic plant will be twice the size of the current record holder photovoltaic plant in Germany, according to Time. Solar power is a new entrant in the gas powered state but Florida Power and Light hopes to begin constructing the 400-acre plant valued at $300 million by the end of 2009.

Kitson has already acquired the land and the permission to build on it . He also promises “groundbreaking” ways to ensure energy efficiency for all the buildings on Babcock Ranch.

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