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Top stories of 2018: No. 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wayne County Fair evacuates: Livestock heads to Richland CountyThe deluge of water for much of Ohio in 2018 showed up in full force for the Wayne County Fair that had to be evacuated due to rising flood concerns. Fortunately the surrounding community stepped up to help and the exhibitors still got to show their livestock despite the challenges from Mother Nature.last_img

Florida Developer Strikes Deal to Power City with Solar

first_imgKitson & Partners and utility company agree to build massive solar plant to supply electricity to planned mixed-use developmentNews coverage of the real estate market in Southwest Florida has, in recent months, been about as uniformly predictable (and disappointing) as the NBA standings for the Clippers, Wizards, and Knicks.But that doesn’t seem to have stopped the green development wheels from turning at Kitson & Partners, the company that a few years ago bought a 91,000-acre preserve called Babcock Ranch (not far from Fort Myers), sold 73,000 acres of it to the state, and then focused its attention on plans to develop the remainder into the City of Babcock Ranch, a Sunshine State mecca that will include 19,000 residences and 6 million sq. ft. of commercial space.The latest announcement from Kitson, which is billing its project as “a model of conservation,” is that the company struck an agreement with Florida Power & Light to build “the world’s largest solar photovoltaic power plant,” which Kitson says will make Babcock Ranch the world’s first city powered by solar energy.Construction of the FPL solar plant, which is subject to approval by the state, is expected to begin late this year, Kitson says, with construction of the city center targeted for mid-2010, and construction of the first residential and commercial buildings targeted for late 2010.Once the FPL plant is built, the developer says, its operation alone will create 20,000 permanent jobs.Kitson adds that its housing is being designed to accommodate “smart home” systems that will allow residents to automate their heating, cooling, lighting, and window coverings, and track their electricity and water usage in real time.last_img read more