Walmart sues Tesla for providing fire-prone solar panels

Updated: Aug 23, 2019, 10:13 IST | Agencies

The lawsuit comes at a time when Musk last week relaunched Tesla's solar panel services, claiming it could save a user about $500 a year

Walmart sues Tesla for providing fire-prone solar panels
The lawsuit comes at a time when Musk last week relaunched Tesla's solar panel services, claiming it could save a user about $500 a year. Pic/AFP

San Francisco: In a big setback for Elon Musk, retail behemoth Walmart has sued Tesla's energy division for providing solar panels that caused multiple fires at its stores, asking the company to immediately remove the panels from more than 240 Walmart locations.

According to a report in USA Today, the Walmart lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, states that fires broke out at "no fewer than seven" stores between 2012 and 2018 and have "since caused millions of dollars in damage".

"Tesla routinely deployed individuals to inspect the solar systems who lacked basic solar training and knowledge," claimed the lawsuit. The lawsuit comes at a time when Musk last week relaunched Tesla's solar panel services, claiming it could save a user about $500 a year.

The lawsuit said this is a "breach of contract action arising from years of gross negligence and failure to live up to industry standards by Tesla with respect to solar panels that Tesla designed, installed and promised to operate and maintain safely on the roofs of hundreds of Walmart stores".

Tesla or Musk were yet to comment on the lawsuit. Tesla acquired solar installer, SolarCity, for $2.6 billion in 2016 to pump up its energy business. Last week, Musk took to Twitter to ask followers what they thought about the relaunch of Tesla's solar business.

240
No. of Walmart locations where the firm has been asked to remove the panels

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