Lyndon Rive, the former chief executive officer of SolarCity and first cousin of Tesla Inc . CEO Elon Musk, will leave the electric automaker next month, saying he plans to start another venture.
Tesla acquired SolarCity in November for$ 2 billion, creating a company with more than 30,000 employees that focuses on sustainable energy and transportation. Rive’s departure arrives as Tesla prepares to launch the Model 3, its more affordable electric sedan, in July. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla has several products in the pipeline, including a solar roof that Musk first unveiled last fall.
Rooftop solar installers are grappling with a slowdown in deployments across major marketplaces in the U.S. The industry has faced pushback from utilities in states including Arizona and California that have sought to cut pays solar patrons receive for the power they generate.
Annual residential rooftop installations are forecast to increase by about 3 percent this year, down from about 64 percent only two years ago, according to a December report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. For the first one-quarter, Tesla reported that it deployed 150 megawatts of solar energy, down from the 214 megawatts SolarCity installed a year earlier.
” Lyndon Rive co-founded SolarCity 11 years ago, and built it into the No. 1 solar provider in the nation ,” mentioned Tesla in a statement.” Thanks in large portion to the foundation Lyndon helped make, Tesla has now built the world’s first integrated sustainable energy corporation, from generation to storage to transportation .”
Lyndon Rive, his brother Peter Rive, and Musk hatched the idea for SolarCity during a trip to the Burning Man arts festival in the Nevada desert more than a decade ago. It wasn’t immediately clear if Peter Rive, SolarCity’s chief engineering policeman, would remain at Tesla. At the time their purchases was announced, Musk was SolarCity’s largest stockholder with a 22 percent stake.
” My skill set and what I love doing is commence and running corporations ,” Rive, 40, said in an interview with Reuters Monday disclosing his planned departure.” I can hand off the baton to somebody else and dedicate myself the possibility of being do something else that could also “ve got another” impact .”