LAS VEGAS,Jan. 6, 2016/PRNewswire/ --Following the decision by GovernorBrian Sandoval'sPublic Utilities Commission (PUC) to terminateNevada'srooftop solar industry just days before Christmas, SolarCity® (NASDAQ:SCTY) announced that it has been forced to eliminate more than 550 jobs in the state. Where possible, the company will relocate affected employees to business-friendly states.

The PUC's decision to change the rules to punish existing solar customers after the state encouraged them to go solar with rebates is particularly callous and leaves Nevadans to question whether the state would ever place the financial security of regular citizens above the financial interests of NV Energy.

"I contacted Governor Sandoval multiple times after the ruling because I am convinced that he and the PUC didn't fully understand the consequences of this decision, not only on the thousands of local jobs distributed solar has created, but on the 17,000 Nevadans that installed solar with the state's encouragement," said Lyndon Rive, SolarCity's CEO. "I'm still waiting to speak to the Governor but I am convinced that once he and the Commissioners understand the real impact, that they will do the right thing."

SolarCity announced onDecember 23that as a result of the PUC decision, it had to cease solar sales and installation in the state effective immediately. OtherNevadasolar companies with higher cost structures than SolarCity are expected to collectively lay off thousands of additional Nevadans in the coming months.

"Telling employees they can no longer work for SolarCity is the hardest thing we've ever done," continued Rive. "These are hard-working Nevadans and a single government action has put them out of work. This is not how government is supposed to work."

SolarCity has also closed a training center inWest Las Vegasthat it opened a little over a month ago.The November press release announcing itsopening contained this statement from Governor Sandoval: "I'm proud to celebrate the opening of SolarCity's new training center, which will makeNevadathe regional hub for training workers in the jobs of the 21st century. Our homegrown solar industry has already created over 6,000 goodNevadajobs, and has tremendous potential to continue driving innovation, economic diversification, and opportunity in the Silver State."

Fortunately, there are other voices speaking up for solar employees and customers. The Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection is attempting to protect Nevadans byfiling a motionto halt implementation of the PUC's ruling, stating that the order's impact "is not consistent with the Governor's stated objectives of SB 374 or the Governor's initiatives and focus to increase jobs and employment forNevadaresidents."

Just weeks after Congress voted with bipartisan support to extend the federal tax credit for solar, Governor Sandoval's Commission is moving the state backwards. The Governor's and Commission's support for a de facto ban on rooftop solar defies public opinion, including the opinion of the members of his own party. According to a recent poll by Moore Information, 73% of registeredNevadaRepublicans support the state's previous rooftop solar rules.

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 makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. SolarCity currently serves 16 states. Visit the company online atwww.solarcity.comand follow the company onFacebook&Twitter.

This release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding job losses. 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" inSolarCity'sannual report on Form 10-Q, which has been filed with theSecurities and Exchange Commissionand identifies certain of these and additional risks and uncertainties. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.