In Florida no less. I could hype this piece up, but why? They do such a good job. The place even has its own website.
So here is one version of the story.
Residents Move Into America’s First Solar Powered Town
“Families are starting to move into what is being called America’s first solar-powered town,” announces John Dickerson for CBS This Morning on Jan. 16. “Babcock Ranch, about half an hour northeast of Fort Myers, Florida, is supposed to produce more energy than it consumes once it’s finished.”
There are more than 300,000 solar panels spread across 440 acres there, producing enough electricity not only for the town, but also the surrounding areas, reports CBS News’ Manuel Bojorquez.
One critical energy element lacking in the solar-powered community will be adequate energy storage to allow the city to be truly self-powered:
The town doesn’t run on solar power all the time. At night, when the sun is down, it has to draw from the traditional electrical grid. Kitson says the technology for storing all that surplus energy the solar cells generate during the day is still too costly.
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