Report: Much of Tesla Facility Production Not Focused on "Solar Roof"

Mayor not concerned about lack of production

Tesla Plant on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo. August 7, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Buffalo, NY - A new report from Reuters says that the “great majority” of solar cells being produced at Tesla’s factory in Buffalo are being sold overseas instead of being used in the company’s “Solar Roof” as originally intended,

The report cites employees working in the facility who say that Panasonic and Tesla are working completely separate from one another with little cooperation.

The news not upsetting to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

"Tesla is looking at their business model," said Brown. "A lot of investment has been made in this plant and the company. I am hopeful that they will get it right, that production will be on track at the Buffalo plant, and the job numbers that were proposed will be met."

Panasonic also produces traditional solar panels at the Buffalo plant for Tesla, but has been selling many of them to other buyers since at least last year due to low demand from Tesla.

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