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Updated: 03/10/2018 08:30:01AM

Designed to be solely solar

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Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, stood on a new solar panel viewing platform Friday at FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County, which provides power to the Babcock Ranch community.

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An array of solar panels Friday at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center that has been generating power since 2016 for the Babcock Ranch community off State Road 31, which has its official grand opening today.

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Florida Power & Light Vice President of Development Matt Valle (right) and Syd Kitson, CEO of Kitson & Partners, which is developing the Babcock Ranch community in Charlotte County, unveiled new battery technology Friday at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center that, according to FPL, is “the nation’s largest solar-plus-storage system.” It is expected to improve the predictability and reliability of solar power.

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A new 32-foot visitor tower stands over the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center’s solar panels that span hundreds of acres. It opened in early March, before the state tourism office put together its favorite lookouts.

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Florida Power & Light Vice President of Development Matt Valle (right) and Syd Kitson, CEO of Kitson & Partners, which is developing the Babcock Ranch community in Charlotte County, unveiled new battery technology Friday at the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center that is expected to improve the predictability and reliability of solar power.

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FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County.

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Syd Kitson, chairman & CEO of Kitson & Partners, earlier this year at Babcock Ranch.

By ANDREA PRAEGITZER

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The Babcock Ranch community emerging off State Road 31 in Charlotte County is advertised as the first solar-powered town in America.

It’s energized by 340,000 solar panels spanning 440 acres and most of the time the sun powers the town — which officially opens today.

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