Tesla, Panasonic Manufacturing Collaboration

by Kacey Larsen

Tesla and Panasonic finalized an agreement to being the manufacturing of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules at the Buffalo, New York, factory. These high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used to produce solar panels in the non-solar roof products. When production of solar roof begins, Tesla will also incorporate Panasonic’s cells into the many kinds of solar glass roof tiles that Tesla will be manufacturing. All of these solar products will work with Tesla’s energy storage products, Powerwall and Powerpack, as well.

As Tesla and Panasonic begin production—the first PV modules will begin production in summer 2017, and will ramp up to 1 Gigawatt of module production by 2019—Buffalo will continue to be Tesla’s American manufacturing base. As part of their agreement, Panasonic will cover required capital costs in Buffalo and Tesla is making a long-term purchase commitment from Panasonic. Panasonic will also work with Tesla on developing PV next generation technology at SolarCity‘s facility in Fremont, California.

More on the Tesla and Panasonic agreement can be found here.

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