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SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY  ) will soon add a new panel to its array. The company announced it has agreed to acquire privately held peer Zep Solar. The price is roughly $158 million, to be reduced by the amount of Zep Solar's net indebtedness at the time of closing. The purchase price will be paid in SolarCity common stock. 

The acquirer knows Zep Solar well -- it is one of its key suppliers for residential systems. According to SolarCity, its asset-to-be "is one of the leading providers of residential photovoltaic module mounting systems in the U.S."

The acquisition is expected to close in December, SolarCity said. Once in its fold, Zep Solar will operate as an independent unit of the company.

At the moment, SolarCity's market capitalization stands at $2.9 billion.


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Eric Volkman

Eric has been writing about stocks and finance since the mid-1990s, when he lived in Prague, Czech Republic. Over the course of a varied career, he has also been a radio newscaster, an investment banker, and a bass player in a selection of rock and roll bands. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Los Angeles.

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