GREEN TECH MEDIA | It’s been five years since SolarCity first declared plans to become a solar manufacturer, and nearly three years since Musk unveiled the solar roof as part of his public relations bid to buy SolarCity.
With plenty of promises to make Buffalo a solar manufacturing hub, New York State offered Tesla $750 million to build out its operations. But as the years dragged on, it became clear that Tesla didn’t have much of a plan.
Tesla promised it would pump out thousands of solar roofs per week by now, but the company has quietly struggled to build out any meaningful production. Customers are angry. Buffalo locals and New York politicians feel burned. Some employees are jaded. So what do we make of the Gigafactory 2 debacle?
This week on The Interchange, we’re joined by Austin Carr, a reporter at Bloomberg who’s been covering the Tesla solar story deeply.
We’ll look at the history of SolarCity/Tesla’s manufacturing plans, the derailed plans for the solar roof, and how current manufacturing activity compares with Tesla’s promises to New York.
By Stephen Lacey