This week, SolarCity shocked the solar industry by announcing its intentions to acquire Silevo and move quickly into cell and module manufacturing. America's largest solar installer now wants to be one of the most powerful producers of solar products.

But does the move make sense?

In this week's podcast, we'll debate the technology risks and potential cost upsides of SolarCity's manufacturing play. 

Then, we'll talk about Elon Musk's decision to open up all Tesla's patents. Finally, we'll ask why oil companies are divesting from renewable energy.

This podcast is sponsored by eGauge Systems, a manufacturer of next-generation energy meters for solar generation and building demand, submetering, performance contracts, LEED projects and net-zero buildings.

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