Can SolarCity Crack the Code on Small Commercial Solar?

July 30, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Small Scale Solar Success

When it comes to solar installations on small and medium-sized businesses, the 30-kilowatt to 500-kilowatt range is a no-man's land for installers. According to SolarCity's CEO, it's been "difficult to service this market cost-effectively," despite the SMB market being "bigger than the large commercial business market."[read more]

SolarCity Will Add 300MW of Commercial Solar From New $1B Fund

April 26, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

SoarCity Expansion

SolarCity "activated" a $1 billion fund earlier this year, looking to finance roughly 300 megawatts of United States commercial solar energy systems. Investors in the fund include Credit Suisse, the bookrunner for SolarCity’s securitization transactions.[read more]

Another Step Towards an Integrated Home Energy Offering: SolarCity Partners with Nest Labs

April 16, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

SolarCity has just announced another important collaboration in the home energy space, this time with Nest Labs. Importantly, the announcement indicates that a common technology framework or platform is emerging that will integrate and address both home energy management as well as home solar generation.[read more]

Continuing Momentum in Renewable Microgrids: Solarcity Launches Microgrid Offering

March 21, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Solarcity is building on its distributed renewable energy experience by launching its GridLogic microgrid offering. It will be a turnkey offering integrating distributed residential and commercial solar, battery and controllable loads as well as shared solar, battery and back-up power and system control.[read more]

SolarCity Slashes Installation Costs; Citigroup Pledges $100B for Projects

March 7, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

SolarCity and Citigroup Renewables News

Last week we saw announcements of significant cost savings for SolarCity, a major advanced energy investment from Citigroup, and a move into Mexico for Pattern Energy. So, costs are down, investment is up, and t’s a good time to be in advanced energy.[read more]


With Dark Clouds on the Horizon, Can Financial Innovation Keep Distributed Solar Shining?

March 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Distributed Solar and Financing

While solar is growing fast in America, there are dark clouds on the horizon for the distributed or rooftop PV industry, according to Dan Reicher, an energy finance and policy expert and professor at Stanford Law School and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.[read more]

SolarCity's Networked, Grid-Ready Energy Storage Fleet

March 8, 2014 by Jeff St. John

SolarCity, the country’s biggest solar PV installer, and Tesla Motors, the country’s biggest electric vehicle maker (and soon to be the country’s biggest advanced battery manufacturer), could also soon become the utility industry’s worst nightmare.[read more]

Cheaper Solar Energy Through Leasing: The Green Skeptic on LunchBreak

September 23, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

I sat down today with Wendy Bounds of's new LunchBreak program to talk about solar leasing and two companies, SolarCity and SunRun, making solar energy generation more affordable for homeowners. Here is the video: And her is a link to the program: The Green Skeptic on's LunchBreak[read more]

The New Post-Carbon Business Model

June 17, 2011 by David Thorpe

The idea of providing a service of renewable energy - rather than a simple supply - and reaping a return on investment from selling any surplus generated to the grid, or by claiming the difference between the regular and premium rate, is emerging as the favoured business model for financing the low carbon revolution.The latest example is...[read more]

Walmart says thin (solar) is in

September 21, 2010 by Todd Woody

photo: Walmart I wrote this story for Grist, where it first appeared. When Walmart announced on Monday that it would install 15 megawatts’ worth of solar arrays on as many as 30 of its stores in California and Arizona, it set out to shape the solar market in more ways than one. The reason? The world’s biggest retailer specified that many...[read more]

SolarCity, Tesla to test storing solar energy in EV batteries

September 17, 2010 by Todd Woody

In Wednesday’s New York Times, I wrote about two experimental projects in California to store solar energy produced by photovoltaic rooftop arrays: In the garage of Peter Rive’s San Francisco home is a battery pack. It is not connected to Mr. Rive’s electric Tesla Roadster sports car, but to the power grid. The California Public...[read more]

Texas utility lets its customers go solar

February 27, 2010 by Todd Woody

photo: TXU Energy In The New York Times on Thursday, I wrote about Texas utility TXU Energy hooking up with Silicon Valley’s SolarCity to offer its Dallas area customers the option of going solar: TXU Energy, a Texas utility with two million customers, is making it possible for homeowners in the Dallas area to lease or buy rooftop...[read more]

How electric cars will drive solar power

October 7, 2009 by Todd Woody

photo: SolarCity In my new Green State column on Grist, I write about how SolarCity, a Silicon Valley rooftop solar installer, is getting into the electric-car charging station business: You can’t get more California greenin’ than this. Peter Rive can charge up his Tesla Roadster electric sports car in his San Francisco garage with...[read more]

SolarCity scores $100 million to finance solar arrays

September 29, 2009 by Todd Woody

photo: SolarCity When Wall Street collapsed last year so did  tax equity funds, the primary vehicle to finance renewable energy development.  But as I write in The New York Times today, investors are beginning to jump back into the game. U.S. Bancorp has agreed to finance $100 million of solar installations in 2009 for...[read more]

Solar car charging stations installed in California

September 29, 2009 by ToddWallace

SolarCity and Tesla Motors have come together to install solar-powered car charging stations in four Rabobank locations along California Route 101. Funding for the project came from the California Air Resources Board, which in 2007 provided a grant to Tesla of $641,000, according to Tesla spokeswoman Rachel Konrad. Part of that...[read more]