Yeesh. This has not been a good news week for Tesla subsidiary SolarCity. It seems that Walmart is not the only one claiming that the successive flagging of solar panels of renewable energy has been caught; According to a new Bloomberg report, Amazon had a similar incendiary incident that occurred in 2018.
Per Bloomberg, the e-commerce giant said Friday that one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, was also experienced a rooftop blaze connected to a solar panel panel system in June of that year. And the company has since taken steps to ensure it never happens again; Amazon told Bloomberg that it has zero plan to install any more Tesla systems in its facilities.
The news comes just days after Walmart filed a lawsuit alleging that SolarCity's solar panels led to fires that hit seven of its locations with incidents dating back to 2012 . Walmart declined Gizmodo's request to comment on the lawsuit on time.
"At each location, the fire came from Tesla's solar panels," Walmart claimed in the indictment. After three such fires broke out in rapid succession, the company called on Tesla last year to disconnect the remaining solar panels at approximately 240 of its stores. Tesla later conducted safety reviews on these systems in 2019, finding 157 items in need of replacement or repair, "48 of which Tesla itself is identified as reflecting conditions not safe or potentially unsafe, ”the lawsuit said.
On Thursday, Walmart and Tesla issued a joint statement on several outlets alleging that companies were working to resolve these issues. "Above all, both companies want each and every system to operate reliably, efficiently, and securely," the statement read.
Tesla has seen its share of renewable energy flounders since the acquisition of SolarCity three years ago, and these recent allegations are not the first to fall victim to the division. In October, Tesla secured more than $ 13 million in settlement after a lengthy investigation found SolarCity to be less than true about the cost of many installations made on behalf of the state of Oregon.
Gizmodo reached out to both Amazon and Tesla and will update this article with their responses.