It looks like the Sunshine State (the real one, not the one without beaches) is going to be home to the first solar-powered city. While I’m not a huge fan of the city’s name: Babcock ranch, this is still good in a few ways:
1) If they can build a whole city that runs off green energy, this could set a precedent and we could see more of these cities spring up or existing ones might be more willing to convert. Obama has been pushing for movement towards renewable energy sources, and his stimulus plan sets aside a considerable amount for development of these energy programs. However, according to the article, FPL and the developers are not counting on any money from the stimulus to complete the project, but if they need it, they could probably take advantage of some help.
2) This will help with creation of a bunch of construction jobs. An industry that has been decimated during this economic downturn, especially in Florida. With houses being foreclosed on left and right across the state, there are almost no new houses being built and very little remodeling going on either. I’ve seen the effects of this firsthand with both of my parents working (and luckily still employed for the moment) in construction-related industries. This is a huge opportunity to put both skilled and unskilled labor to work.
To me, this is a win-win situation, cleaner energy, m0re jobs, new houses and commercial space, and to top it all off, they’re inteding to offer citywide wireless internet and public electric car chargers. I for one welcome our new solar-powered overlords.
You can find the full article here.
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