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TechnologyAmazon Joins Walmart in Saying Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire

03:40  24 august  2019
03:40  24 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

Walmart sues Tesla for negligence after multiple solar panel fires

Walmart sues Tesla for negligence after multiple solar panel fires Walmart is suing Tesla for breach of contract and gross negligence after rooftop solar panel systems on seven of the retailer's stores caught fire, according to a filing. Walmart said the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in New York state court, arose from years of gross negligence and failure to live up to industry standards by Tesla and the solar panels it designed, installed and promised to promised to operate and maintain safely on the roofs of hundreds of Walmart stores." Bloomberg was the first to report on the court filing.

Walmart has claimed in a lawsuit that Tesla -supplied solar panels on the roofs at several of its stores caught fire because of the tech company’s “widespread The retailer said that Tesla has installed panels on the roofs of more than 200 of its outlets. Tesla has not responded to HuffPost’s after-hours

Walmart said in the complaint filing that it has leased or licensed roof space at more than 240 stores for Tesla -supplied solar -energy systems. " Walmart 's consultants accompanied Tesla personnel on inspections of various solar system sites, including both those that had experienced fires and those

(Bloomberg) -- Walmart Inc. isn’t the only corporation that has seen its Tesla Inc. solar panels catch fire.

Amazon Joins Walmart in Saying Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire© Bloomberg Signage is displayed above a solar canopy at a Tesla Inc. Supercharger station in Kettleman City, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Electric vehicles have been adopted rapidly in California, compared to the rest of the U.S., accounting for about 44% of total sales in 2018.

On Friday, Amazon.com Inc. said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, involved a solar panel system that Tesla’s SolarCity division had installed. The Seattle-based retail giant said by email that it has since taken steps to protect its facilities and has no plans to install more Tesla systems.

Walmart sues Tesla after solar panels catch fire at stores

Walmart sues Tesla after solar panels catch fire at stores So much for Tesla's renewed solar power efforts getting off to a good start. Walmart has sued Tesla after rooftop solar panels on seven of the retailer's stores caught fire, allegedly due to poor safety practices. Tesla supposedly didn't ground its electrical and solar systems properly, according to Walmart, and regularly sent inspectors who "lacked basic solar training and knowledge." Walmart also asserted that Tesla's panels were rife with visible defects. The big-box chain formally accused Tesla of breach of contract, gross negligence and failure to meet industry standards.

Walmart sues Tesla after solar panels on stores catch fire . Walmart is asking Tesla to remove solar panels from more than 240 Walmart locations where they have been installed, and to pay damages related to all the fires Walmart says that Tesla caused.

On Tuesday, Walmart sued Tesla , after its solar panels atop seven of the retailer’s stores allegedly caught fire , alleging breach of contract, gross negligence and failure to live up to industry standards. Walmart is asking Tesla to remove solar panels from more than 240 Walmart locations where they

News of the Amazon fire comes just three days after Walmart dropped a bombshell lawsuit against Tesla, accusing it of shoddy panel installations that led to fires at more than a half-dozen stores. The claims threaten to further erode Tesla’s solar business at a time when the company is fighting to gain back market share.

More widely known for its electric cars, Tesla bought panel installer SolarCity three years ago in a $2 billion deal that proved highly controversial. SolarCity’s chief executive officer at the time is the cousin of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

In the complaint filed Tuesday, Walmart said it had leased or licensed roof space at more than 240 stores to Tesla’s energy unit. Two of the Walmart fires occurred in May 2018. Amazon said it has a very small number of solar systems installed by Tesla.

Walmart sues Tesla after solar panels start bursting into flames on store roofs

Walmart sues Tesla after solar panels start bursting into flames on store roofs In something of a bizarre story, Walmart is suing Tesla after solar panels it purchased from the EV company caught fire on a number of Walmart stores. As it stands now, Tesla solar panels can be found on as many as 240 Walmart stores across the country. Following a few incidents involving seemingly spontaneous fires, Walmart now wants Tesla to remove the solar panels and foot the bill for all the corresponding damage. As a result of the fires,

Walmart is suing Tesla after some of Tesla 's solar panels caught fire at seven Walmart stores. CNBC's technology reporter Ari Levy joins "The Exchange" to discuss why lawsuit.

Walmart is suing Tesla after seven stores allegedly caught fire due to the company's solar panels . CNBC's Rahel Solomon joins "Closing Bell" to report the latest.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but said earlier on Friday that it had discovered flaws in a part that the company had used in some of its systems. The part known as a “connector,” manufactured by Amphenol Corp., led to “failures and disconnections at a higher rate than our standards allow,” Tesla said in an emailed statement. The company has worked to replace it.

Amphenol did not respond to a request for comment.

--With assistance from Brian Eckhouse.

To contact the reporters on this story: Dana Hull in San Francisco at [email protected];Matt Day in Seattle at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Lynn Doan at [email protected], Kara Wetzel

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