Solar-powered Babcock Ranch partially opens


PUNTA GORDA, Fla. The future of solar is shining bright at Babcock Ranch.

Since December, solar-powered community has opened its first civic building, retail store and farm-to-table restaurant.

“I like the idea of it being sustainable with solar,” said potential resident Ray Slipatchuk. “I think it’s about time that Florida had a community like this.”

The community’s Founder’s Festival takes place this weekend for those who want to explore what Babcock Ranch has to offer. The  festival begins Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

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