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Tesla shares singed after Walmart sues over solar panel fires



Walmart is suing Tesla over their solar panel fires at seven of its stores.

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32 comments

  1. solar is not a world saving answer at all ,,,it's the opposite …

  2. who the hell is running this company

  3. Isnt it a coincidence that after Tesla announces that you can rent solar panels for $65 a month, that a story like this "comes to surface"? A gamechanging move by Tesla. Maybe Wal Mart corporate is setting solar panels on fire purposely all at the same time maybe to fuel FUD? Hmmm, sounds very likely to me.

  4. Tesla makes expensive garbage.

  5. I retired from the power generation industry. Calculating the power cost to make a solar panel, vs the power recoup in service is an engineering bust out of the box. In simple terms, you are spending almost twice as much to make a product than it will pay you back in it's service life. It's even worse with wind generation. Fossil fuels always has and always will be our main source of power generation. No amount of wishful contrivance and green shenanigans will ever change that.

  6. Oh man, look at all that CO2 and PCB’s being pumped into the atmosphere from those fires. Why are the progressives all up in arms about that? Nothing to see here folks, move along…

  7. What could a powerful
    laser do to a solar panel?

  8. Won't hit Tesla's pocketbook? This analyst is out to lunch. Anyone remember Samsung's Note X, catching fire in people's back pockets?

  9. Wal-mart buys the panels but hire there own crew to install them. Sounds more like Wal-Mart neglected maintenance.

  10. The wiring problem has probably been identified and resolved by now. Hopefully they resolve the disagreements and add solar to all Walmart’s

  11. So, they install solar in a way that prevents natural cooling, causing the panels overheat, short out, and catch fire… nothing to see here i supose…

  12. It took way more than 7 phones catching on fire before Samsung felt some heat. Before the media even said something was wrong with them. Is it just Walmart buildings catching on fire or is other companies and people having this issue.
    I don't work for either company, but I do believe renewable energy is a good ideal. So is this just an attack on solar panels or all renewable energy?

    I just want to know because I was thinking about getting solar panels on my house. So if it is more than just Walmart catching on fire, I want to hear about other companies and homeowners with solar panels causing fires.

  13. TESLA hires SLAVES to build JUNK for YOU and ME – ENJOY!!!

  14. Narrow minded to say ONLY 150 MILLION? What about the removal and repairing the DAMAGE Of FIRE And LOSE of business while this is being done the price is closer to 300 MILLION!
    Tim Higgins you need to go back to school!

  15. EDISON MUSK..HISTORY INDEED REPEATS ITSELF…

  16. LOL! Their cars are just as shity as there solar panels. Mr. Tesla would not approve!

  17. Elon Musk shouldn't have been able to use Tesla's name or run off his legacy. Too bad

  18. Elon Musk the snake oil salesman, just wait until his EV company goes bust and the suckers who bought his cars can't get them serviced or buy parts for them.

  19. Someone confused used his FlameThower for a Solar Panel. 😂

  20. did the solar panels start the fires or did a foreign military start the fires in order to weaken the stock to then take over tesla?
    Hilllary had a fire on her roof.
    Trump tower had a fire on the roof hours later.
    CA had some fires with interesting patterns.

    I don't think these fires were caused by solar panels.

  21. These panels were instaled by SC long BEFORE Tesla bought them out
    Tesla is not responsible
    And
    7 fires in short time is very suspicious
    PV panels dont catch fire
    This was deliberately set on fire by Tesla and Solar haters
    Big Oil most likely

  22. The problem with these solar panels is that initially everyone thought DC was the way to go, so they would string the panels together in a series and wind up with DC voltages exceeding 600 volts. Now needless to say if you combine that with wiring that's exposed to the harsh environment on a rooftop for year after year especially scorching summers, those cables are going to get exceptionally hot and some will and have burst into flames.

    The other problem with this method is that if one panel gets bird poop or shade partially covering it, that same effect is copied to every other panel in the series drastically affecting the yield.

    Modern thinking is you're better off going with panels that have what's called a micro inverter on the back of each panel which converts the DC wattage into AC, this does add to the cost of course but you can avoid the 600 volt cable fire problem of series DC. The other benefit is shading one panel won't affect the yield of other panels because it's AC instead of DC and many of these micro inverters support communication offering detailed diagnostics and temperature readout where as DC series is 1 long dumb chain and you don't know which ones broken unless you get up there with a multimeter.

    With the micro inverter method you can even switch individual panels on or off remotely and only that 1 panel would be affected, you could get an alert on your smart phone that panel 23 is faulty for instance so you know the exact panel even or 'panel 23 shut down due to temperature alert' so even more safety features plus since the output voltage is AC instead of DC you can avoid the large style inverter and use more readily available AC circuit breakers instead of DC less proven technology which has only really been around the last few decades since solar went mainstream and many DC safety switches have been recalled due to fire risk, same for DC cabling actually.

    A lot of the recalled cheap DC circuit breakers and cabling came out of China.

    I suspect Solar City was using the earlier cheaper DC series method which is definitely less safe.

  23. Bye Elon! It’s just a matter of time. Rent solar? That’s the same as financing only you don’t own the product afterwards. This guy is a becoming a joke.

  24. BMW recalled 1.2 million cars in Europe after multiple fires, it has revived much less coverage and doom and gloom talk then this.

  25. The fire was started by a couple junkies shooting dope on thye roof.

  26. I don’t wanna get into conspiracy theory territory but this might not be an “accident” considering the entire oil industry is on purpose losing BILLIONS of dollars shorting Tesla stock knowing they’re losing money but burning billions anyways to slow Tesla down because there’s far more money in it for them in each delay Tesla hits. This is illegal to do, but clearly the entire regulation body in the sector has completely been bought, how else could it continue to happen in the open, over and over again.

  27. I really wouldn't disallow that Walmart set those fires on purpose or if they used independent contractors for installation of panels the problem maybe there.

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