Dec 28, 2016
Tesla, Panasonic will produce solar cells together in Buffalo
Tesla Motors and Panasonic will jointly manufacture cells for solar panels at a Tesla factory in Buffalo, the companies said Tuesday
Tesla Motors and Panasonic will team up to manufacture cells for solar panels at a Tesla factory in Buffalo, New York, the companies said Tuesday. The New York facility and other ventures with Panasonic will enable the electric vehicle maker to diversify beyond its production of cars in Fremont. Initial production of the solar modules is due to start during the second half of 2017 at the factory in upstate New York, the two companies said.
"These high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and modules will be used to produce solar panels in nonsolar roof products," Tesla said.
Once the plant is fully operational, it's expected to be the largest maker of solar cells in North America. The factory will employ 1,400 workers, including 500 people in manufacturing. It will be 1 million square feet and is expected to produce at least 1 gigawatt of solar panels at peak output, according to a SolarCity filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Palo Alto-based Tesla and Panasonic also are teaming up on the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.
"The collaboration in Buffalo extends the established relationship between Tesla and Panasonic, which includes the production of electric vehicle and grid storage battery cells at the Tesla Gigafactory," Panasonic said.
Tesla's and Panasonic's joint efforts also extend to the Bay Area.