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Lyndon Rive is the co-founder of SolarCity and served as its CEO until 2017. SolarCity; a provider of clean energy services that designs, finances, and installs photovoltaic systems, performs energy-efficiency audits, and retrofits and builds charging stations for electric vehicles. Rive co-founded SolarCity with his brother Peter in 2006. SolarCity is the largest residential solar installer in the United States.[1] Prior to co-founding SolarCity, Lyndon Rive co-founded the enterprise software company Everdream, which was ultimately acquired by Dell. Rive started his first company at age 17 before leaving his native South Africa.[2] In his spare time, Rive plays underwater hockey. Rive is a cousin of SolarCity investor and entrepreneur Elon Musk, and their mothers are twins.[3]

Lyndon Rive
Lyndon Rive 2015.jpg
Rive in 2015
Born Pretoria, South Africa
Known for Co-founder of SolarCity
Title CEO of SolarCity
Relatives Elon Musk (cousin)
Kimbal Musk (cousin)
Peter Rive (brother)

In 2010, Rive was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under age 35.[4]

In 2017 Rive announced he would cease working for Tesla, Inc. after it acquired SolarCity in 2016. He will spend his newfound time with his family and perhaps further entrepreneurial activities.[5]


In 2013, Rive was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner in the Northern California Region.[6]

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