Tesla, Panasonic Envision Solar Partnership At SolarCity’s New York Panel Factory



By Alan Ohnsman

Tesla Motors and Panasonic Corp., its key battery partner, will expand their relationship to solar panels if Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposed merger with financially challenged SolarCity wins shareholder approval next month.

In a blog post, Tesla announced plans to work with Japan’s Panasonic Corp. to make photovoltaic cells and modules in Buffalo, New York, where SolarCity is working to open the largest solar panel factory in North America. If the merger is approved on Nov. 17, Panasonic would start making cells and modules in Buffalo in mid-2017. The devices would be used for a solar energy system to charge Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack stationary electricity storage units, the company said.

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