Tesla and Panasonic agree on manufacturing cells and modules in 2017

Tesla and Panasonic agree to start PV production in Buffalo in 2017 (Photo: iStock)
Tesla and Panasonic agree to start PV production in Buffalo in 2017 (Photo: iStock)

Tesla and Panasonic have finalized an agreement to begin the manufacturing of photovoltaic cells and modules at a factory in Buffalo, NY. The high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used for solar panels in non-solar roof products. Once Tesla will start the production of its solar roof, the cells will also be used for the many kinds of solar glass tile roofs that Tesla will be manufacturing. Production of the first PV modules will begin in summer 2017, and will ramp to 1 GW of module production by 2019.

As part of the agreement, Panasonic will cover required capital costs in Buffalo while Tesla is making a long-term purchase commitment from Panasonic. The collaboration extends the established relationship between Tesla and Panasonic, which includes the production of electric vehicle and grid storage battery cells at the Tesla Gigafactory.

As Tesla and Panasonic begin production, Buffalo will continue to expand Tesla’s American manufacturing base and create thousands of new jobs in the coming years. Tesla reaffirms SolarCity’s commitment to create over 1,400 jobs in Buffalo—including more than 500 manufacturing jobs. Panasonic, with its technological and manufacturing expertise in PV production, will also work with Tesla on developing PV next generation technology at SolarCity’s facility in Fremont, CA. Tesla had acquired SolarCity in November 2016.

Volker Buddensiek / Tesla

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