Tesla Unable to Buy Its Own Solar Products


Tesla seems to be unable to buy the solar cells for its solar roof or solar panels made by Panasonic in its own Gigafactory 2 and most of the cells that Panasonic makes are being sold to foreign companies most likely supplying Tesla competitors with their products. Let’s talk about it as I take your questions and comments during the LIVE stream!

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21 replies
  1. MondoTV
    MondoTV says:

    Lets turn that argument about the solar roof on it's head please. They don't make sense because when it's time to replace your solar panels you have to replace your roof. And that is much more expensive. Most decent roofing materials have a longer life span than solar panels. And a solar roof is more expensive than a roof and solar panels combined.

  2. Narek Begian
    Narek Begian says:

    The solar panel industry was never viable. It was a bubble created by government subsidies. Now that western governments are ridden in debt they are stopping with the massieve subsidies.

    So you are seeing the whole solar bubble collapsing. Buying solar city was a dumb move from tesla

  3. Doug Jessee
    Doug Jessee says:

    If Panasonic is making them and selling them to others, then how is Tesla selling products to their competitors? Click-bait headlines that purposefully misleads people on what is actually happening.

  4. Peter S
    Peter S says:

    Alex, FYI, Reuters is pronounced ROY-TERS not ROOTERS. Just as well you're not in Australia or New Zealand because ROOTERS has an entirely different meaning/connotation & you'd be getting some pretty funny looks. 😂😂😂😂

  5. bbbf09
    bbbf09 says:

    Re the solar roofs. How come American roofs don't last long? My house (in the UK) was built 1910 with still same roof & zero problems. (Rose red clay tile type). Some slate tiIe roofs exist for hundreds of years. Whereas I read somewhere on the Tesla solar website that average roof life span in US is typical only 30-40 years? Or is this just marketing hype/ over exaggeration? If roof replacement was more frequent I might consider solar tiles. One problem I have getting round to solarisation is that the red clay tile roof fits the style of house very nicely – whereas covering it with great slabs of black would make it look seriously awful.

  6. IMHO
    IMHO says:

    The solar roof concept has a lot of flaws that people didn’t understand and Tesla hasn’t been able to predict. One problem is glass will last for hundreds of years, but the solar cells and weatherstripping won’t. If Tesla designed panels that allow the solar cell to slide out of the glass shingle and be replaced for a fraction of the price, then the “lifetime” warranty of the glass might have some value.

    The other problem with Tesla solar roof is that it uses strings of panels going to string inverters. If they can get cost effective microinverters for each solar shingle, then the roof can accommodate more active solar shingles and make more power each day.

    If Tesla can get this down to the cost of asphalt shingles and a standard rooftop solar installation, they can probably sell it, but right now it’s way way above that price.

  7. Random Googler
    Random Googler says:

    I honestly dont know what makes Tesla's solar panels unique? Is it just the Musk holy blessing? Tesla's website sure doesnt help. The solar market is full of good products across all price levels with alot more information readily avaliable.

  8. Ken Braasch
    Ken Braasch says:

    It still comfuses the heck out of me. I’ve heard mention from a couple of people that wanted to buy these solar tiles for their homes about to be built that it would be years before they could even get them.

  9. Piper A R
    Piper A R says:

    If Panasonic/Tesla are making the product and selling the product, then isn't it a difference between selling at wholesale vs selling at retail? Maybe selling solar generation at retail just isn't in Tesla's wheelhouse. At least not yet.

    Add: It may have been unclear that I'm talking about the cost difference between a Tesla Solar Roof vs solar panels. I'm not talking about a Solar Roof vs asphalt with no solar.
    The solar roof is great but it's a premium roofing product. There isn't much reason for a homeowner to bear the up front cost of anything more expensive than asphalt shingles, even if a steel roof lasts far longer.

  10. Snow Andrews
    Snow Andrews says:

    Panasonic CLEARLY do not partner in GOOD FAITH (IMHO).

    The relationship has too many conflicts,
    and would best be solved by
    A) Tesla taking over the BATTERY factory.
    B) A new (different) partner being sought by TESLA
    to produce a proven "PV" product
    from the Arizona factory complex.

    P.S. The "Term" MegaFactory is a silly marketing buzz-word,
    please reconsider using the "empty" term.


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