Data is the gold that’s luring businesses to the internet of things and connected home. Consumers benefit, but absent a conversation about rights and appropriate uses of data we may give up more than we realize.
When it comes to getting high speed broadband in rural areas or underserved communities, fiber-to-the-home may not be the answer. Several companies are trying to develop high speed wireless options that make the grade.
SolarCity ticks off its many accomplishments in 2013 — including a pioneering move to sell notes backed by its solar projects — while it faces tougher competition from rivals who also are beefing up their financing and installation services.
Vivint, a security and home automation provider, wants to get into the broadband game. the company is testing a 50 Mbps service in Utah that it plans to sell for $55.
SolarCity is one of the leaders when it comes to installing solar panels on home owner’s rooftops. But the company’s $31 million loss, in its latest quarter, shows the growing pains for the retail solar players.
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 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.
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!