The New York Times
As SolarCity, the rooftop solar system provider, has rapidly expanded its reach over the last few years, its executives have pushed hard against the utility industry, criticizing it as a hidebound monopoly standing in the way of change.
Now, SolarCity officials are trying a different tactic: moving into that business themselves.
On Monday, company executives announced a program aimed at cities, remote communities, campuses and military bases under which they will design and operate small, independent power networks called microgrids. While the move will not turn the company into, say, Con Edison overnight, it represents a step in that direction.
“The microgrid product is basically a culmination of all of the technology that SolarCity’s been developing over the past eight years,” said Peter Rive, the company’s co-founder and chief technical officer, calling it “a template that can be scaled up to basically be the next-generation grid.” Continue to read the main story.