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Tesla Motor's New Battery Factory Could Send SolarCity Soaring

By Tyler Crowe - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:10PM

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Tesla's decision to build a $4-$5 billion battery factory here in the U.S. might make its vehicles cheaper, but it could also give SolarCity a major competitive advantage.

Tesla Motors (TSLA -2.44%) made huge waves in the market recently as it announced it plans to build the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory. While this multibillion-dollar investment will definitely have a profound impact on the Tesla's manufacturing capacity, it will also hopefully help bring down the costs of lithium-ion batteries. That reduction in costs will also have a major impact on not just Tesla, but SolarCity (SCTY.DL), which will certainly benefit, too. 

With the distributed solar space becoming a little more crowded with utility giants like Exelon (EXC 0.93%) and NRG Energy (NRG -1.06%) providing options of their own, SolarCity needs a way to differentiate itself from the rest. Find out how the move by Tesla could actually be that needed spark by tuning into the video below.

Tyler Crowe owns shares of SolarCity. You can follow him at Fool.com under the handle TMFDirtyBird, on Google+, or on Twitter, @TylerCroweFool. 

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