Yeesh. This was not a good week for the Tesla subsidiary SolarCity. It seems that Walmart is not the only one who claims that the solar panels of the weakening company have caught fire for renewable energy. According to a new Bloomberg report, a similar fire occurred at Amazon 201
Per Bloomberg, the ecommerce giant, reported Friday that one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, was also connected to a SolarCity rooftop solar system panel system in June this year. And the company has since taken steps to make sure it does not happen again. Amazon told Bloomberg that there are currently no plans to install more Tesla systems in its operations.
This news comes just days after Walmart filed a lawsuit alleging that SolarCity's solar panels had led to fires in at least seven of its sites, with incidents dating back to 2012.
"The fire in the Tesla solar panels had their origin everywhere," says Walmart according to the lawsuit. After three such fires relatively quickly, the company called Tesla last year to divest the remaining solar modules in about 240 of its stores. When Tesla conducted security inspections on these systems later in 2019, 157 items were found to be replaced or repaired, of which Tesla itself reflected the conditions that made the sites insecure or potentially unsafe, the lawsuit states.
On Thursday, Walmart and Tesla issued a Joint Statement to several outlets, stating that companies are working to solve these problems. "Above all, both companies want every single system to work reliably, efficiently and securely," the statement says.
Since acquiring SolarCity three years ago, Tesla has reduced its share of the renewable energy market to rubble and ash, and these recent allegations are not the first to plague the business. As early as October, Tesla had reached an agreement on $ 13 million after years of investigation that SolarCity had misjudged the cost of multiple installations commissioned by the state of Oregon.
Gizmodo has turned to both Amazon and Tesla and will update this article with their answers.