SolarCity CTO, Co-Founder & Key Solar Roof Developer Peter Rive Departs Tesla, Inc.

SolarCity CTO, Co-Founder & Key Solar Roof Developer Peter Rive Departs Tesla, Inc. 1024 659 C-Suite Network
Peter Rive, Solar City Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer

Peter Rive has officially left the Tesla building.

The move by the cousin of CEO Elon Musk and co-founder/former CTO of SolarCity — a company the California automaker acquired about a year ago — was confirmed to GreenTech Media by a Tesla spokesperson. The split doesn’t appear to be acrimonious.

After years of helping put solar energy production on the roofs of many thousands of customers and, more recently, working on the development of the Tesla Solar Roof, Rive has decided to step away and, according to a letter circulated internally, “…spend more time exploring the outdoors, more time with my family, and helping non-profit solar projects in the developing world.”

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His departure is not expected to significantly impact the continuing development of the solar roof, which should be going into production right about now, but may be behind schedule. Tesla still has a number of engineers continuing work on the project.

His brother, Lyndon Rive, Solarcity’s former CEO who also put…

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