Peter Rive, the co-founder and chief technology officer of SolarCity, is leaving the company in the wake of Tesla's acquisition.
A Tesla spokesperson confirmed Rive's departure.
“We can confirm that Pete Rive will be leaving the company to explore new opportunities,” according to the spokesperson.
“As co-founder and CTO of SolarCity, Pete has played an instrumental role in expanding access to solar to hundreds of thousands of people across the country, helping to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” the statement said. “Pete’s responsibilities, including work on Solar Roof, will be distributed among Tesla’s existing engineering teams. We want to thank Pete for everything he’s done for SolarCity and Tesla.”
As CTO, he played a key role in developing Tesla's solar roof, from prototype to commercial product. Tesla started taking pre-orders for the solar roof in the spring.
Rive also played an important role in developing SolarCity's plan for using solar and batteries for utility “infrastructure-as-a-service,” and oversaw the company's expansion into PV manufacturing.
Rive is the brother of former SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, who announced his departure in May to focus on a new venture.
Peter and Lyndon are also the cousins of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
This story is still developing. Read Lyndon Rive's departure letter here.