Amazon and Walmart Have Tesla-related Solar Panel Fires

More bad press for Tesla that the fanbois will ignore. Amazon Joins Walmart in Saying Tesla Solar Panel Caught Fire.

On Friday, Inc. said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, involved a solar panel system that Tesla’s SolarCity division had installed. The Seattle-based retail giant said by email that it has since taken steps to protect its facilities and has no plans to install more Tesla systems.

News of the Amazon fire comes just three days after Walmart dropped a bombshell lawsuit against Tesla, accusing it of shoddy panel installations that led to fires at more than a half-dozen stores.

In general, solar panels are a mature and safe technology. Not sure what problems Tesla could be having, though apparently there is a faulty connector that Tesla is trying to replace. (I’m sure they specified custom parts, because buying electrical connectors from Molex or McMaster-Carr or wherever is SO 20th Century. Or something.)


A Solar Road. What Could Go Wrong?

Color me shocked. France’s Wattway solar road proves to be a big, expensive failure. The term “abject failure” came up.

Do people with these dreams of solar everything have any idea how much stress is imposed by vehicles? I’m guessing, “No.”

The solar roadway is constructed from panels with a special silicon resin acting as the driving surface, and while its designer, a company called Colas, claimed it would stand up to a semi-truck, tractors seem to have been enough to cause the silicon layer to flake and crack, damaging the delicate solar panels underneath.

The Wattway is also loud. So loud, in fact, that the local government has been forced to limit traffic to just 70 kilometers per hour (around 43 miles per hour) to cut down on the sound. So, it seems like the Wattway is a failure at being a road, but how is it at generating solar energy?


The “shade” from cars driving on the road. Where it was placed, wasn’t a great solar location, and the flat nature of roads added up to less than expected performance.

The best quote is really from the Popular Mechanics article on the Wattway.

“If they really want this to work, they should first stop cars driving on it,” Marc Jedliczka, vice president of the Network for Energetic Transition (CLER), which promotes renewable energy

Stop driving on your solar “road.” That’s probably a Progressive dream. Or something.

Audi – not Tesla – Gets Top Safety Rating for Electric Car

Not a surprise, that a car company would be better at making cars than a tech company. Audi e-tron becomes the first all-electric vehicle to earn IIHS top safety rating.

The 2019 Audi e-tron has become the first battery-electric vehicle to earn a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an achievement that Tesla and other electric models like the Chevy Bolt have not been able to capture.

Audi, for reasons I can’t understand, doesn’t get a lot of the electric car press. But they have been racing the R18 e-tron (which granted, is a hybrid) at places like The 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2012.

Tesla’s Solar Roof: Not ready for prime-time

Because when you do business with an “established” firm, it should be as crazy as signing up for a “GoFundMe” campaign. Or something. Some Tesla customers who ordered the Solar Roof have no idea when they’ll get it.

  • Three years ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric-car maker and energy company’s solar roof tiles would set the company’s energy products apart from those of its competitors.
  • But current and former reservation-holders for the roof tiles, known as the Solar Roof, say they’ve been kept in the dark about when they will get them.
  • The Solar Roof’s rollout has been delayed by aesthetic issues and durability testing.
  • Musk said Tesla was installing the Solar Roof in eight states, but the company has not disclosed the number of Solar Roofs that have been delivered.

Those bullet points that start the article tell the whole story, though the interviews with customers (one who canceled his order, and one who is still on the waiting list) are interesting.

Environmentalism or Socialism? It’s Impossible to Tell the Difference Today

Germany needs to nationalize everything because of Global Warming, or Climate Change, or something. Sozialistischer Quatsch – OR – Socialist nonsense. (Yes, I know the article is in German.)

The Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg penetrates. “I want you to panic,” she wished at the World Economic Forum in Davos at the beginning of the year. The leader of the Left Party has clearly taken this to heart and now ventilated climate protection ideas that simply make [you] speechless.

Nationalize the utilities and airlines to combat global warming. So that means they will limit your travel and limit the amount of energy you have available. Or are utilities suddenly more efficient when owned by the .gov? (Pay no attention to what is going on in Venezuela on the utility front. Or any other.)

New Video on California’s Camp Fire

This video is interesting, even if parts of it come across as a bit of a PR piece for CalFire. Still, it’s worth the 17 minutes. The descriptions of 911 calls are particularly tough to listen to, even though I’m sure they edited out the worst bits.

The teaser for the video can be found at The Sacramento Bee: ‘We will not let you die today!’ Dramatic new firefighter video shows Camp Fire chaos.

The full video is at YouTube. INTO THE FIRE

SJW’s Opposed to Hunting Screeching Their Outrage in 3, 2,…

Because we can’t kill the Iguanas. Florida declares war on iguanas.

They were apparently introduced into Florida when “pet owners” released some of them. They are thriving, and killing native habitat.

“They’re a menace.”

The state of Florida agrees. After a warm winter and now with record-breaking summer heat – the kind of weather iguanas thrive in – the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has declared open season on the exotic reptile.

“The FWC encourages homeowners to kill green iguanas on their own property whenever possible,” the commission recently wrote on its website. “Iguanas can also be killed year-round and without a permit on 22 public lands in south Florida.”

We could solve a hunger problem, but I wouldn’t count on it catching on…

Iguanas are a food source in some Caribbean countries, where they’re called “chicken of the trees.” Colato said a friend from Trinidad and Tobago cooked one in a curry. (“It was very good, actually,” he said.) But most Floridians don’t view them as entrees.

There are no natural predators for iguanas in Florida, so their population is exploding. (Is this Peak Florida? Probably not.)

Oh, and the Screeching?

“I want the iguana killing stopped,” [Homeowner E’Lyn] Bryan said. “These creatures deserve to live. They shot one in the leg, and now it has to get around on three legs. If humans can’t cohabitate with them, there has to be a more humane way to deal with it.”

I wonder how she feels about protecting the environment.