Is Musk quietly growing his share as a decentralised electricity supplier?

We all know that if you want to achieve something, especially in business, you have to throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks. If something sticks at all, you build from that. And otherwise you start making your new fresh batch of pasta and hope that that is going to stick better.
But sometimes, more spaghetti sticks than you imagined..

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Elon Musk is the founder of Space-X and co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors. Some compare him to a real life Dr Stark. He even makes a cameo appearance in Iron Man 2.
According to Engadget Mr Musk has officially unveiled his SuperCharger network. The network is a series of fast, solar powered chargers for the electric cars from the Tesla stable. He is intending to spread the network over the rest of the US and he’ll also be exporting them to Europe.
According to Musk, the solar powered systems will put more power back into the grid than the cars use while driving. The solar systems come from a company called SolarCity that Musk also part owns.

That last part about generating more power than is needed is particularly interesting as it allows him to sell the electricity back to the grid, making money along the way, apart from making money of people that charge their cars directly.
On a residential level, SolarCity’s revolutionary lease program allows homeowners to lease a solar power system. This means that SolarCity still owns the panels on top of residential homes. So essentially, SolarCity shortcuts the supply and supplies the homeowner directly and on-site. And any electricity that they generate above what the home owner consumes, they can sell back to the grid. Essentially slowly creating a large scale decentralised power company.
The same seems to be happening with the SuperCharger network.

So, Musk is building electric cars and selling solar power panels, but at the same time he is becoming a large scale electricity supplier. Oh.. And is building space ships.
Turns out that that Musk is really good at throwing spaghetti and making it stick!


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