NRG Energy Buys Goal Zero

Energy giant NRG Energy--which runs its solar power business out of Carlsbad--has acquired consumer solar power products maker Goal Zero, the company said today. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Goal Zero is a maker of solar charging products, and is well known in the outdoor and adventure products area. According to NRG, it will use the acquisition to help cross sell products between system power, residential solar and personal power, helping to educate Goal Zero's customers about rooftop solar, and also offering up Goal Zero's solar products with NRG's retail electricity offers. NRG is based in New Jersey, but runs both its utility scale and commercial solar installation business out of Carlsbad, California.