Amazon complains about Tesla solar array too - report

Aerial view of two Amazon fulfillment facilities with solar systems on their rooftops. Photo credit: P2 Photography.

August 27 (Renewables Now) - Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has become the second company to complain in just a week about fires caused by solar arrays installed by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Bloomberg reports.

The Seattle-based online retailer told the news agency that a solar panel system deployed by Tesla’s SolarCity division was involved in a fire on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, in June 2018.

Since then, Amazon has taken steps to protect its sites and, according to the report, does not plan to install any further photovoltaic (PV) systems offered by Tesla.

Also last week, Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) lodged a lawsuit claiming that Elon Musk’s company had demonstrated “gross negligence” when installing and operating solar panels on top of more than two hundred of its stores in the US. Walmart says that Tesla had failed to live up to industry standards, which has led to fires breaking out at no fewer than seven stores as of November 2018.

Eventually, Walmart and Tesla issued a joint statement in which they said they were working to address all issues concerning the solar arrays.

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