SolarCity Doubled Its Customer Base And MW Deployed In 2014

MAR 31 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

SolarCity at Niskayuna, NY

SolarCity at Niskayuna, NY

SolarCity almost doubled its business in 2014.

Customer base increased by about 96,700 to about 189,700 at the end of the year.

502 MW on new installations deployed in 2014 launched the cumulative number to 1,069 MW. Those PVs produced 1.5 TWh of energy, although not all was working for the whole year of course, as new installations were progressing.

The plan for 2015 is to double the results from 2014 and add up to 1,000 MW.

According to the Green Car Cong res, in 2014 total, PV installations reached 6,200 MW, which means that SolarCity got 1/12th of the market. Market share is growing fast and the whole market increased by 30%.

In early 2017, SolarCity expects to launch its own US giga-scale facility, which will produce 1,000 MW of PVs annually. 1 GW in 2 years willnot be enough to secure all needs (potentially 2 GW in 2016 and 4 GW in 2017), which means that they will probably still be buying most of PVs from other manufacturers.

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Am wondering if they do aerospace grade solar panels, for SpaceX? Or, do those components come from someone else?

Jouni Valkonen

SpaceX uses very efficient and very expensive multi-junction solar panels. These are low volume customized products by some American company.

Today Solar City does not manufacture solar panels, but in 2020’s SC could provide solar panels also for SpaceX as a part of R&D program.

Euro point of view

SCTY doesn’t produce any solar panel .


I wish Solar City city acquires Cogenra, like they acquired Silevio. Cogenra has come up with a novel way to increase a solar panel’s power by 15% to 400 Watts by increasing the number of individual solar cells on a PV panel, and by increasing the shade tolerance of the panel. Congenra increases the number of solar cells in a PV panel by arranging the solar cells to overlap and mimic the asphalt shingle structure of a rooftop. Congenra increases the shade tolerance of a PV panel by embedding bypass diodes into the structure of each solar cell allowing the panel to bypass any number of cells, making the module much less susceptible to shade related power loss.