Tesla doesn’t want to be known as a car company, it wants to be considered a transformative energy company. In addition to cool-looking but expensive cars with limited range, Tesla also makes battery packs that power your home for hours, and solar panels to convert sunlight into energy. Tesla got into the solar panel business by taking over Solar City, a failing company run by Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk’s cousin.
And that’s where the latest controversy starts.
Like many businesses, Walmart has installed solar panels on the roofs of it stores. Some of those panels came from Solar City, and some of them have burst into flames, causing fires.
Walmart’s not happy, and sued Tesla for damages related to the fires, claiming widespread negligence.
The companies now say they are looking to “re-energizing Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores, once all parties are certain that all concerns have been addressed.”
In the lawsuit, Walmart accused Tesla of having untrained workers putting up shoddy installations and showing “utter incompetence or callousness, or both,” and asked for the removal of solar panels from more than 240 of Walmart’s U.S. stores.