SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) recently increased its installation target for 2013 to 270 MW from 250 MW, and it also announced a convertible note offering that could generate $200 million in new cash. With the residential solar market growing like a weed, the company is primed to benefit over the long term. Motley Fool contributor Travis Hoium discusses why these moves are important for SolarCity, and one other company growing in residential solar, in the video below.

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