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Tesla Will Sell Solar Panels, Powerwalls At Home Depot (bloomberg.com) 86

Tesla is bringing photovaltaic panels and Powerwall batteries to U.S. retail giant Home Depot. According to Bloomberg, "The tech pioneer is beginning to roll out Tesla-branded selling spaces at 800 of the retailer's locations. The areas, which will be outfitted during the first half of this year, are staffed by Tesla employees and can demonstrate its solar panels and Powerwall battery." From the report: Lowe's -- the second-largest U.S. home-improvement chain, after Home Depot -- has also been in discussions with Tesla about selling its solar products, said people familiar with the situation. At some point, Home Depot may also offer Tesla's much-anticipated solar roof, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. [The products] will be highlighted in high-profile displays, which are 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Some locations will be fitted with visual demonstrations that show how the products work.
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  • Lowe's -- the second-largest U.S. home-improvement chain, after Home Depot -- has also been in discussions with Tesla about selling its solar products, said people familiar with the situation. At some point, Home Depot may also offer Tesla's much-anticipated solar roof, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. [The products] will be highlighted in high-profile displays, which are 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide. Some locations will be fitted with visual demo
  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Friday February 02, 2018 @08:46PM (#56059551) Journal
    If Tesla is making the panels in USA, it will benefit by the tariff on low cost panels from China. But I don't know where Tesla makes its panels.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      They have a factory in Buffalo, NY. They don't produce 100% of their own panels, but they do make and ever increasing share as that factory ramps up.

  • what happened to direct sales? i mean if you can sell a car direct and fight for that right...why not this?!!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    have an opportunity to see what TESLA warranty and support is like. Side note, short tesla.

  • by Fly Swatter ( 30498 ) on Friday February 02, 2018 @09:48PM (#56059893) Homepage

    will be highlighted in high-profile displays, which are 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide

    high profile

    At any rate it will be nice to actually see what the product looks like up close and touchable - they will have the actual product, or at least a small version of it, on display and not a poster, won't they?

  • Meanwhile, people who paid the $1,000 to pre-order a solar roof from Tesla 9 months ago are being told it will be another 5 to 8 months.

    • Yup, always under promise, over deliver. I mean over promise, under deliver. Or... fuck, just say whatever gets them to write the check.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm going to buy some to power My Tesla coil.

  • 1. Will the products be physically in stock for you to buy, load in your truck and take home? Or will it just be some sort of display where you have to order them and then wait?

    2. Will they be anywhere near in a price range that someone could buy without taking out the equivalent of a 2nd mortgage?

  • Is there any cost-effective use for these sorts of things in climates like mine (northeast Ohio, on the edge of the primary Lake Erie snow belt) with significant cloud cover almost year-round? Not trolling. I really am curious. The answer was a definite no in the past, but perhaps that has changed?

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