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A new report analysing the US solar energy market has ranked Florida Power & Light Company second among all electric utilities for interconnected solar.

The 2019 Utility Solar Market Snapshot, issued by Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), has named FPL a leader for operating approximately 1,250MW of universal solar capacity comprised of 18 solar power plants.

The 12th annual report compares data from more than 500 utilities across the country.

Of the 18 solar plans, two are integrated with advanced battery storage systems.

The largest energy company in the United States serving more than 5 million customer accounts also has more than 200 smaller solar installations.

FPL has recently announced the construction of ten more solar energy plants which are expected to be operational by 2020 and expand the firm’s total solar capacity to approximately 2,000MW.

FPL is heavily investing in solar energy to reduce its carbon footprint, meet state sustainability targets, improve customer services by offering affordable electricity as well as to ensure grid reliability.

The energy provider has introduced programmes such as the "30-by-30" plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030.

In addition, FPL filed a proposal with state regulator to implement its SolarTogetherto expand its portfolio of community solar programmes.

The utility’s solar initiatives are playing a major role in expanding solar adoption in Florida.

The Solar in the Southeast 2018 Annual Report recently released by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) shows that Florida has surpassed Georgia in solar capacity and is now forecast to outpace North Carolina in the next few years.

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."