Lyndon Rive

Co-Founder and CEO, SolarCity

The utility business model needs to change from where it is today. They need to get to a point where they manage the grid, and that’s
their responsibility… If they give homeowners access to generating electricity, then they can create grid stability.

Lyndon Rive regards residential solar as the key to stabilizing the energy grid. As Co-founder and CEO of SolarCity, Rive works towards making clean energy available to homeowners, schools, and government organizations at a lower cost than they pay for energy generated by burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. He has grown the company from two to more than six thousand employees and helped it become one of the most recognizable brands in clean energy in seven years. He has also helped the company forge many fruitful partnerships with major organizations like eBay, Intel, Walmart and the U.S. Military.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Lyndon founded his first company at the age of 17, and in his spare time has been a member of the U.S. National Underwater Hockey Team.

Lyndon Rive's Simple Shift

I have a nice electric car. That would be Tesla number 34. The solar roof is done, full energy efficiency upgrade, and it's now in the process of getting a [solar] storage system installed.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

C1 Revue: Living on Sunshine

You know that cartoon where the guy has a light bulb over his head and then “bing” it goes on? Well, America is having a collective “light bulb” moment these days. And it’s powered by solar energy. Solar panels are 50% cheaper than just 5 years ago. And energy from the wind is looking just as bright. Today, we’re taking a look at the explosion of clean energy alternatives, how we’re pumping it into new cars and our plans for carrying it over a new electric grid.