Only eight months after Tesla acquired SolarCity, there’s not much of the old gang left. Several members of the communications and policy team have left, as well as Chief Policy Officer Jon Wellinghoff and Chief Operating Officer Tanguy Serra, and yesterday it emerged that SolarCity Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive will also be leaving the company.
This news comes two months after his brother, Lyndon Rive, announced that he would depart the company run by their cousin, Elon Musk. In typical Tesla style, a brief statement (quoted in Electrek) is full of glowing praise, but gives few details as to what the actual reasons were for Peter Rive’s departure.
It does, however, note that Peter Rive’s work in overseeing the Solar Roof product will now be “distributed among Tesla’s existing engineering teams”. In May Tesla began taking orders for the Solar Roof, which received the key Underwriters Laboratories certification during the same month.
Musk had previously announced that the Solar Roof will begin shipping this summer.