SolarCity Acquires Ilioss, Mexico’s Largest Solar Developer

AUG 14 2015 BY MARK KANE 8



SolarCity announced acquisition of ILIOSS, a Mexico-based solar developer. SolarCity hopes to enter on the promising market of Mexico.

ILIOSS, since inception in 2011, delivered up to date only over 10 MW of solar systems, which is a rather small value compared to 189 MW for SolarCity in Q2 (and 1,418 MW total).

“Upon close of the acquisition, ILIOSS will operate as an independent business unit of SolarCity. ILIOSS co-founder and Chairman David Arelle and co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Manuel Vegara will lead the new business unit as President and General Manager, respectively. Prior to founding ILIOSS in 2012, Mr. Arelle oversaw the development and construction of thousands of homes and apartments across Mexico, first as a private homebuilder and later as a part of a joint venture with Pulte Homes.”

SolarCity refers to studies that say about 1,000 MW solar system could be installed from 2014 to 2020.

“Mexico’s combination of high electricity rates, favorable solar economics and massive solar resources makes it one of the most promising solar markets in the world. As a combined entity, SolarCity and ILIOSS expect to be able to allow many commercial and industrial customers in Mexico to pay less for solar power than they currently pay for electricity. GTM Research expects commercial and industrial solar deployment in Mexico to increase more than 1,000 percent between 2014 and 2020, with more than 1,000 megawatts installed in that timeframe.”



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8 Comments on "SolarCity Acquires Ilioss, Mexico’s Largest Solar Developer"

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Ungh. Stay away from the Drug Lords who want to be able to run their operations off the grid. 😛


What do you mean?
They’ll be the biggest customers.
Besides, they’d be the only ones that could afford it……lol

Robb Stark

Too late.

SolarCity does a lot of business in Santa Clara and Stanislaus County.

Mister G

Stay away from the products Mexican Drug lords sell and then they will go out of business.

George Bower

Pretty smart biz move IMO.


I wonder if the auto plants in Mexico have any solar now? I know they really push sustainability in the US, just don’t know how this translates to Mexican operations.

Ocean Railroader

I remember reading that electricity in Mexico is double the cost it is in the United States. And the grid is kind of wobbly due to growing demand. So solar power would do fairly well.