Babcock Ranch in hurricane-prone Florida is an eco-conscious, climate-resilient and innovative neighbourhood. It calls itself “America’s first solar-powered town.” Seven hundred thousand solar panels generate more electricity than consumed.


Rachel Ramirez writing in CNN, makes the following points:
  • Streets are designed to flood, so houses don't.
  • Native vegetation along roads helps control stormwater.
  • Power and internet lines are underground to avoid wind damage.
  • Some residents have their solar panels and batteries and drive electric vehicles.
  • Residents from other suburbs have taken cover in the neighbourhood's solar-powered refuge.


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