26 Apr '12, 1pm

Tesla, SolarCity working on solar-powered energy-storage systems

with the top down, and the sun can be a good friend. Now, Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk is finding an even better use for it. Musk, who's also chairman of home solar-panel installer SolarCity , is joining the technologies of the two companies to create solar-powered rooftop energy-storage systems that would make the two companies eligible to receive rebates from the state of California, GigaOm reports. The systems would combine Tesla's lithium-ion battery packs with SolarCity's photovoltaic systems. The two companies have filed 70 applications for systems under the California Public Utility Commission's (CPUC) Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) that would supply energy in areas served by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). The CPUC had previously awarded the two companies $1.8 million for their research on the energy-storage system now being proposed. SolarCity was fo...

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