Walmart came out earlier this week in a lawsuit in which he accused Tesla of breach of contract and gross negligence over problems with solar panel systems on the roof.
Now, just days later, the lawsuit was filed According to a joint statement released late Thursday evening, the two companies are trying to reach an agreement that will keep the solar plants up and running again.
"Walmart and Tesla look forward to addressing all issues and re-energizing Tesla solar panels in Walmart stores once all parties are confident that all concerns have been resolved," the statement says. "Together we look forward to pursuing our common goal of a sustainable energy future. Above all, both companies want every single system to work reliably, efficiently and safely. "
Walmart has not dropped the lawsuit. The complaint is still filed with the New York State Court. However, the two parties will seek to reach an agreement that would avoid a lawsuit.
The lawsuit addressed against Tesla's Energy Unit, formerly known as SolarCity, Walmart figured on seven fires Roofs were caused by solar panel systems. Walmart urged Tesla to remove the solar panel systems in all of the 244 stores in which they are currently installed and to pay for any damage related to fires that the retailer allegedly caused by the panels to "resolve" with Tesla.
Neither Tesla nor Walmart would explain the details of the negotiations.
A lot is at stake for Tesla. Earlier this month, Elton Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced a new lease offer for solar energy to restart its flagging renewable energy business.
Tesla's share of the solar market has fallen since its merger with SolarCity in 2016. In the second quarter, Tesla installed only 29 megawatts of new solar systems, while SunRun and Vivint Solar, the number one and two suppliers of solar systems for consumers, installed 103 megawatts and 56 megawatts, respectively.
Tesla's renewable energy business includes solar and energy storage for residential and commercial products. The company also offers a power supply called Megapack. While Tesla still manufactures solar panels for the home, the focus has been on developing the brick solar roof. The company continues to operate a commercial business targeting communities, schools, affordable housing, businesses, agriculture and water districts as customers.
The company does not provide a breakdown of its solar systems, making it difficult to determine whether the commercial business is taking place is flat, falling or on the rise. The language in the last issue of the 10-Q suggests that Tesla is re-examining its solar business.
According to Tesla, Tesla strives to improve its customer service for solar products. The company expects the retrofitted solar plants to "stabilize and grow in the second half of the year," even though the number of retrofitted solar systems has declined.