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Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan


Combining Clean Energy with Green Building

May 19th, 2010 by  


It is an intuitive combination, and most individuals who get into or install clean energy on their home or business probably also pay good attention to energy efficiency in the building. However, you don’t often see a company focused on both issues.

US solar installation and financing company SolarCity is crossing that invisible line as it has just purchased green building firm Building Solutions.

SolarCity plans to integrate Building Solutions’ energy efficiency solutions with its existing system of providing residential and commercial customers with solar energy at lower-than-grid costs using special financing agreements.

“We’ve been in the business of enabling customers to save money by generating clean energy, and now we can help customers save more money by using less energy,” said Peter Rive, co-founder and chief operating officer of SolarCity.

Additionally, the company is looking to integrate its solar cell monitoring and management software with Building Solutions’ energy efficiency software to provide users with an innovative system for showing users how much energy the generate and save.

The company is expecting to get a boost from new or spreading government programs related to their cause like the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act (or “cash for caulkers“) and PACE financing.

“[Our] integrated software platform, combined with the momentum from emerging financing mechanisms such as PACE, will enable us to make energy efficiency services far more affordable and accessible,” said Rive.

I expect to see more of this combination in the future.

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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