The Birth of SolarCity
Musk and two of his cousins, Peter and Lyndon Rive, teamed up in July of 2006 to found SolarCity. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, the company designs and installs solar systems, both commercial and residential. It also performs energy audits and builds charging stations for electric vehicles. It has grown to become the #1 residential solar installer in the nation as of 2013. Only First Solar, which specializes in commercial projects, installs more solar panels.
SolarCity offers its services in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Texas. For residential customers, they aim to make the process as smooth and affordable as possible.