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New report ranks FPL a national leader in solar energy
- FPL ranks second among utilities nationwide for interconnected solar, according to SEPA's latest annual report released today
JUNO BEACH, Fla., June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company ranks second among all electric utilities nationwide for interconnected solar, according to the 2018 Solar Rankings released today by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). The 12th annual report compares data from more than 500 utilities across the country.
FPL currently operates 18 major solar power plants and more than 200 smaller solar installations. In January, the company announced its groundbreaking "30-by-30" plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030, which is helping make Florida a global leader in solar energy.
"Being recognized as a national leader in advancing solar energy is a testament to FPL's commitment to making smart investments for our customers," said FPL President and CEO, Eric Silagy. "Our unprecedented solar expansion is making Florida a world leader in solar energy, while we continue to keep FPL customer bills among the lowest in the country."
"It's impressive to see how Florida Power & Light has risen among the ranks to become a leader in this year's Top 10 list," said Julia Hamm, president and CEO at SEPA. "The company is truly among those spearheading the progress we've seen in the electric sector, by implementing replicable business models and paving the way to a clean, smart and resilient energy future."
Florida's solar growth is receiving accolades far and wide. The Solar in the Southeast 2018 Annual Report recently released by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) showed that Florida recently surpassed Georgia in solar capacity and is now forecast to outpace North Carolina in the next few years. The report applauded FPL for making "the boldest 10-year solar commitment of any utility in the country."
"We congratulate Florida Power & Light for being recognized as a national leader in 2018 for its efforts to bring more clean solar power onto the energy grid," said Dr. Stephen Smith, SACE's executive director. "It is this level of leadership that helped earn FPL the distinction of 'Sunriser' in our recent report, Solar in the Southeast, where we examine current and future solar growth in our region. We look forward to applauding even greater gains in solar development in the coming years as FPL builds out its 30-by-30 commitment in the Sunshine State as well as additional planned solar projects."
FPL also recently requested Public Service Commission approval of a new community solar program, FPL SolarTogetherSM, which would offer FPL customers the opportunity to directly participate in Florida's transformation to a world leader in solar energy. If approved, the offering is expected to be the largest community solar program in the United States.
Florida's largest generator of solar energy
In addition, FPL recently announced the start of construction on its 10 newest solar power plants, which are expected to begin powering customers by early 2020 and bring the company's total installed solar capacity to approximately 2,000 megawatts:
For more information, visit www.FPL.com/solar.
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