Tesla using Chinese solar panels on Buffalo plant – WGRZ.com

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Factory was built with nearly a billion dollars in taxpayer funds but produces no solar modules. Instead, Elon Musk’s company is using a competitor’s product.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Tesla factory in South Buffalo, built to manufacture solar panels, today uses solar panels on its roof made by a competitor in China.

That’s a fact state officials have reluctantly confirmed in response to a Freedom of Information request submitted by Investigative Post. Officials initially refused, claiming the identity of the manufacturer was a “trade secret,” but relented after an appeal filed under the FOI Law.

Tesla has covered about one-third of the factory’s roof with panels manufactured by LONGi Green Energy Technology, a Chinese firm and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar modules. It plans to cover the rest by the end of the year. Together, the panels will generate about 7.5 megawatts of electricity. Tesla also reportedly uses LONGi solar products at its plant in Austin.   You can read the full story on Investigative Post’s website

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