Walmart, Tesla pause in legal fight over fiery solar panels

Tesla working to resolve dispute with Walmart over solar panel fires

Tesla working to resolve dispute with Walmart over solar panel fires

The parts that the firm was attempting to replace were components called Amphenol H4 connectors and SolarEdge optimizers.

Walmart had previously suffered fires at stores with SolarCity installations in 2012, 2016, and 2017, but the company had written these off as isolated accidents. In the lawsuit, Walmart vented about what seems to be Tesla's negligence.

In a lawsuit filed in the New York State Supreme Court, Walmart said that it faced massive losses after the solar panels supplied by Tesla allegedly caught fire at the stores a year ago. In its lawsuit, Walmart said Tesla Inc., based in Palo Alto, California, engaged in "widespread, systemic negligence" and "failed to abide by prudent industry practices in installing, operating, and maintaining its solar systems". The Tesla spokesperson added that Tesla's software-monitoring applications found a "small number" of connectors experienced failures and disconnects higher than expected. SolarCity's chief executive at the time is the cousin of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Bloomberg reports that SolarCity's solar energy systems caught fire at an Amazon warehouse in June of a year ago.

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Last summer, Teslabegan "Project Titan", an attempt to quietly replace defective solar-panel parts across the U.S., according to documents viewed by Business Insider. A Tesla representative denied this.

Here's everything we know about Project Titan. Then in May 2018, two more stores had fires.

The lawsuit lists thousands of dollars worth in expenses for repairs, damage to property and inventory, not to mention costs in evacuation of customers and employees and loss in sales. However, it was "clear that Tesla had breached its contractual obligations", and the firm was asked to disconnect the systems, which Tesla did. In Walmart's complaint, it claims that Tesla didn't handle and maintain solar panels on many of Walmart roofs around the nation according to their agreement, which stipulated that Tesla still owned all the solar panels on Walmarts roofs. But Walmart said another fire still occurred at a California store, even though the panels had been disconnected for several months.

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