Blackstone to buy home automation player Vivint for $2B

Home automation company Vivint has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Blackstone Group for over $2 billion. The company sells connected home technology like thermostats and security systems and also has a solar installation and financing arm.

SolarCity moves beyond solar

SolarCity isn’t content with being just an installer of solar panels on rooftops. The company, which reportedly has plans to go public, has expanded beyond solar to a broader set of energy-related services, including upgrading air conditioners and insulating air ducts.

PHOTOS: Energy Gadgets from Distributech!

The annual smart grid show Distributech, held this week, was chock full of energy gadgets for consumers and utilities to manage home energy consumption. Will any of these succeed, and which one is your favorite? Check out our photo slide show!