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Tesla solar panels reportedly caught fire at an Amazon warehouse in 2018

Key Points
  • Tesla solar energy systems ignited at an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California, in June 2018, according to Bloomberg.
  • Earlier this week, Walmart sued Tesla over solar panels that ignited atop seven of its stores.

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Tesla solar energy systems ignited at an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California in June 2018, according to Bloomberg. As a result, the Seattle e-commerce titan has no further plans to buy solar energy systems from Tesla.

The news follows a tumultuous week for Elon Musk's renewable energy and electric vehicle company. On Tuesday, Walmart sued Tesla over solar panels that ignited atop seven of its stores in recent years. Tesla and Walmart have been partners on clean energy initiatives for years; more than 240 Walmart stores have Tesla solar systems installed.

In its complaint, Walmart claimed that: "Tesla routinely deployed individuals to inspect the solar systems who lacked basic solar training and knowledge."

In the suit, they also alleged that Tesla failed to ground its solar and electrical systems properly, and that Tesla-installed solar panels on-site at Walmart stores contained a high number of defects that were visible to the naked eye, and which Tesla should have found and repaired before they led to fires.

However, Walmart and Tesla said in a statement on Thursday that they "look forward to addressing all issues and re-energizing Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores, once all parties are certain that all concerns have been addressed."

It's not clear whether Amazon will extend the same courtesy to Tesla.

Amazon and Tesla did not immediately return requests for comment.

Tesla is currently facing stockholder litigation over its acquisition of SolarCity for $2.6 billion in 2016. Rampant problems with its solar business could bolster the arguments of stockholders who viewed that as a bad deal.

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source: CNBC

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