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Tesla works to resolve dispute with Walmart on solar panel fires



  Roof fire damage at a Walmart store in Indio, California.
Click to enlarge / Roof fire damage at a Walmart store in Indio, California.

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Walmart and Tesla are actively negotiating a Walmart case filed against Tesla earlier this week for defective solar panels, according to two joint statements sent Thursday night.

"Walmart and Tesla look forward to reviewing all issues and re-energizing Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores after all parties are sure that all issues are addressed," the statement said. The companies say they are committed to a "sustainable energy future", as well as safety and efficiency.

Tesla and Walmart spokesmen declined to provide further details on the status of the talks, but it is not difficult to predict what happened. Walmart optics brought a case against Tesla because of multiple fires on the store's roofs was not good for Tesla. Tesla wants the public ̵

1; and potential customers – to know that it is now working to address Walmart's problems.

Walmart brought its case on Tuesday after suffering a series of seven fires in 2012 in solar panel stores. The solar panels were installed by a subsidiary of Tesla's solar panels, which was a separate company called SolarCity, until that business was acquired by Tesla in 2016. Walmart said Tuesday that its investigation revealed "widespread, systemic negligence" at installing and maintaining Tesla solar panels, Walmart also has accused Tesla of dragging its feet in solving problems that Walmart identifies or compensates for Walmart's damages.

Walmart asked the court to order the removal of all Tesla solar panels from its stores, but now companies say "we are working on a deal to keep the panels in place, repair them and start using them again.


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