Walmart sues Tesla for dismantling of 244 PV systems

The US retail group Walmart Inc. filed a lawsuit against the electric car and solar group Tesla Inc. on August 20, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. The company is to dismantle PV systems on a total of 244 Walmart buildings after seven of these systems had caused fires by November last year and inspections revealed serious safety deficiencies in several dozen other installations. All installations are currently decommissioned. However, one of the fires was even triggered by a plant that had already been shut down. Tesla has not yet commented on the allegations.
According to the prosecution, insufficiently qualified teams were deployed during the construction of the facilities and inspections were carried out in inadequate form. A deadline set in July to identify the causes of the fires within 30 days, to compensate for the damage caused and to submit a repair concept had not been used by Tesla.
Since 2010, Walmart has had its buildings equipped with solar power systems by the installation company SolarCity. Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion.

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