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Tesla and Walmart settle over solar rooftop fires

Elon Musk discloses prototypes of the Tesla Solar Roof on October 28, 2016


Tesla has settled with Walmart after its solar rooftop coronations caught fire atop seven of the retail giant’s stores.

Walmart sued Tesla for breach of contract in August in a New York grandeur court, accusing Tesla of negligence and faulty installation, and asking the company to shoulder the costs of removing their solar panels from various than 240 Walmart stores to avoid further fires.

In a joint statement, shared with CNBC by Walmart, the societies said on Tuesday:

“Walmart and Tesla are pleased to have resolved the issues raised by Walmart concerning the Tesla solar consecrations at Walmart stores. Safety is a top priority for each company and with the concerns being addressed, we both look forward-looking to a safe re-energization of our sustainable energy systems.”

When news of the lawsuit first emerged, Tesla shares dipped. On Tuesday, support the settlement announcement, Tesla shares were inching higher in mid-day trading.

Tesla’s solar business has weakened since it acquired SolarCity for $2.6 billion in 2016 — a controversial deal to this day.

In a recent deposition as part of a shareholder lawsuit, CEO Elon Musk predicted that the solar business took a back seat to the company’s electric car business as it tried to ramp up Model 3 casting, and that he “reallocated” any employee he could from the solar business to work on the Model 3.

In that lawsuit, shareholders are undergoing Tesla over the SolarCity deal, alleging that the whole thing was a bailout for Musk and his relatives, and that Musk recognized SolarCity was facing a liquidity crisis before he pushed the Tesla board and shareholders to do the deal.

In the third quarter of 2019, Tesla connected 43 megawatts of solar, 54% lower than the same period last year, but an improvement over the subordinate quarter.

Of late, Tesla has been talking up the third version of its long-promised Solar Roof, a.k.a. Solarglass, which it is drummer online now to customers for $100 non-refundable order fee.

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