By Lavanya Sunkara
In a world still clamoring for coal and drilling for oil, the power of the sun seems to have gone by the wayside. Yet, a small town in southern Florida is keeping its lights on with renewable energy, showing how a community can successfully live sustainably. Babcock Ranch, America’s first and only solar town, is an inspiring one-of-a-kind community filled with families enjoying a greener way of life.
Syd Kitson, former professional football player for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys and Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, had a dream of creating a simple town of his childhood, but one that’s run renewably. In this utopia, buildings and houses are powered by emissions-free energy, electric cars whiz by on two-lane roads, children ride their bikes to school, native plants adorn the landscapes and residents can be seen enjoying outdoor events with family and friends.