31 Mar '14, 7pm

Is the SolarCity Model the Only Way to Scale Residential Solar?: The U.S. residential solar market is

Is the SolarCity Model the Only Way to Scale Residential Solar?: The U.S. residential solar market is

Sunrun and NRG Residential Solar Solutions are -- or rather, were -- two of a number of finance and service providers which own and operate systems but work with partners for installation. Each of these companies recently acquired one of their installation partners (Sunrun bought the residential division of REC Solar and NRG picked up Roof Diagnostics Solar ), and while both plan to retain their existing partner networks, this is clearly a move in the direction of the SolarCity model. Having an internal installation team not only removes the installer profit margin, but also gives the finance providers visibility into the strategies of their competitors. On the opposite end of the spectrum, RGS Energy (formerly Real Goods Solar) is a leading national installer that uses companies like Sunrun for financing. However, last month RGS announced that it will develop an in-house ...

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