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Ex-NFL Lineman to Build Solar-Powered City in Florida

A former NFL lineman is unveiling an innovative plan for a solar-powered city in southwest Florida.

Syd Kitson's vision, Babcock Ranch, will feature a variety of green innovations including recharging stations for electric vehicles, the world's largest photovoltaic solar plant and a smart power grid, Time magazine reported.

Kitson's plan is to build a self-contained city where people shop, live, work, go to school and play without having to take a long car trip.

The city would feature a bikeable and walkable downtown, 8,000 homes, a school, a wellness facility and sustainable retail stores, Time reported.

"Some people think I got hit in the head a few too many times," Kitson, who played in the NFL for six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, told Time. "But, I still believe deeply in Florida. And the time has come for something completely different."

Florida Power and Light said Thursday they would join the ex-football star's vision and provide electricity for the city of tomorrow with a 75-megawatt photovoltaic plant — nearly twice as big as the current record holder in Germany, Time reported.

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