If Tesla Acquires SolarCity, Success Will Depend on Energy Storage

By [email protected] When Elon Musk unveiled his intent to acquire the solar installer SolarCity, many observers and investors balked.

Some have wondered if the deal amounts to nothing more than a bailout for the Musk-supported SolarCity at Tesla’s expense. After all, what does a car company have to do with putting modules on people’s roofs? The business models are very different.

Here’s how MJ Shiao, GTM Research’s director of solar, captured that skepticism shortly after the announcement: “The sales pitches for a three- to five-year lease or loan on a premium car versus a 10- to 20-year lease or loan on energy services don’t

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