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SolarCity co-founder joins his brother in leaving company


The co-founder of SolarCity, now owned by Tesla, is leaving the company.

Peter Rive is also the designer and developer of solar panels scheduled to be built en masse in a new plant in South Buffalo, built with financial help from the so-called Buffalo Billion.

Rive co-founded SolarCity with his brother Lyndon Rive in 2006. They are cousins to Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk. Lyndon left the company two months ago.

Tesla took over SolarCity for $2.6 billion last November. Tesla engineers will take over development of the solar panels designed by Rive.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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