SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY.DL), one of the bigger companies vying to profit from the revolution in residential solar energy, just purchased Silevo, a producer of high-efficiency solar modules, as part of an effort to improve efficiency and vertical integration. The decision has some wondering if the company is positioning itself as the Apple of solar energy.

In the following video, Motley Fool energy analysts Taylor Muckerman and Joel South discuss this move and what it could mean for SolarCity -- and its competitors, including SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR).


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