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In Latest SolarStrong Project, SolarCity To Install Solar On More Than 600 Military Homes At New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base

ALAMOGORDO, N.M., July 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On the eve of independence day, SolarCity (Nasdaq:SCTY) is underway with a project to provide solar electricity, and a measure of energy independence, to more than 600 military homes at Soaring Heights Communities on Holloman Air Force Base in Otero County, New Mexico, a Lend Lease military family housing community. The project, expected to provide 3.4 megawatts of generation capacity, is the latest to be announced under SolarCity's SolarStrong initiative. The project is also part of Lend Lease's commitment to President Obama's Better Building's Challenge, which is expected to result in Lend Lease reducing energy consumption by minimum 20 percent within the next two–five years for its entire military housing portfolio.

In addition to the projects announced today, SolarStrong projects are underway at Fort Bliss in Texas, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Navy Region Hawaii, and Tierra Vista Communities – a Lend Lease community with locations on Los Angeles Air Force Base and Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases in Colorado. A 900-home project at Soaring Heights Communities on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, announced in 2009, provided the initial blueprint for SolarStrong. The SolarStrong project includes a five-year plan to provide solar power to up to 120,000 military homes.

"The children who grow up in these neighborhoods will have a glimpse of the future before any of us—neighborhoods in which the majority of roofs have solar panels on them," said Aaron Gillmore, SolarCity's vice president of solar development. "It's the foresight and strategic know-how of the Department of Defense that is making this future a reality today."

These projects will contribute to a goal set in 2007 by the Department of Defense, currently the largest energy consumer in the United States, to have 25 percent of its energy requirements met by renewable energy by 2025. As of early 2013, there are more than 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems powering military bases, according to a May 2013 report by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

About SolarCity

SolarCity® (Nasdaq:SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company offers solar power, energy efficiency and electric vehicle services, and makes clean energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 14 states and signs a new customer every five minutes. Visit the company online at  www.solarcity.com  and follow the company on  Facebook Twitter.

This release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding expected generation capacity for the Holloman project, Lend Lease' expected reduction in energy consumption for its portfolio, and SolarStrong's five-year home target. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward looking statements. You should read the section entitled "Risk Factors" in SolarCity's registration statement on Form S-1, which has been filed on June 18, 2013 with the Securities and Exchange Commission and identifies certain of these and additional risks and uncertainties. SolarCity does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
CONTACT: Media Contact
         
         SolarCity
         Jonathan Bass
         650.963.5156
         press@solarcity.com

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