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Walmart Sues Tesla Over Solar Panel Fires

August 23, 2019

NEW YORK – According to a news report published online at, retail giant Walmart has sued electric carmaker Tesla over fires at its store that it says are related to Tesla solar panels. The lawsuit claims that several stores using solar panels from Tesla have experienced fires and other issues that have interrupted daily business.*

The lawsuit is pending in New York State Supreme Court and claims damages under theories of breach of contract. The suit indicates that between 2012 and 2018, fires ignited at least seven Walmart stores, and the fires caused substantial financial damage to the tune of more than $1 million. In one case, a store that experienced a fire in Ohio had to be completely closed down for more than a week. 

The lawsuit states that the action arises from several years of negligent behavior on the part of Tesla in failing to provide and maintain working solar panels for the stores. Tesla did not respond to reporters’ requests for comments regarding the lawsuit or the claims of solar panel fires. 

Solar panels are a business add-on for Tesla, which is known for its electric vehicles. Tesla CEO said on social media only two days before Walmart filed its lawsuit that the company was working on for-rent solar panels to reach more consumers. While the solar panel business for Tesla started strong (it bought out SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion), it has seen less enthusiasm recently. 

News of fire issues with its solar panels will undoubtedly raise eyebrows, as Tesla has already been on the defense regarding fires in its vehicles. During several high-profile crashes around the country and the world, the lithium-ion batteries in Tesla vehicles have reignited several times. Firefighters are having to undergo specialized training on how to put out Tesla vehicle fires. 

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