Tesla is planning on selling their solar products within Tesla-branded spaces at 800 Home Depots stores across the U.S.

The Tesla solar mini stores inside Home Depot will be have Tesla employees on hand to demonstrate and answer questions about their solar panels and also Powerwall products.

Tesla acquired SolarCity in 2016 and has been focusing on selling solar panels as opposed to leasing them to customers.  As a result, Tesla has had to cut back on the aggressive expansion plans that Solarcity previously had.  However, with this news that Tesla will be expanding into 800 Home Depot stores, it now appears that Tesla may be ready to start gearing up expansion in their solar division.

One of the unique aspects of Tesla’s solar business is their ability to provide energy storage along with solar panels.  Their Powerwall product is able to store 13.5 kWh of energy and can provide extensive backup power in case of grid failure.

As reported by Bloomberg, Tesla’s new Home Depot displays will be quite large, 12 feet tall and 7 feet wall.  In other words, Tesla will be building quite a high display that will likely include samples of their solar products, both solar panels and Powerwalls.

Bloomberg also reported that Lowe’s has been in discussion with Tesla about selling it’s solar products in their stores as well.

Previously, Home Depot had a relationship with SolarCity where Solarcity had in-store displays to sell solar panels.  However, I’ve personally experienced the SolarCity displays several times at Home Depot and they were far from appealing.  I think Tesla has a much better chance at making a display that will be inviting.  Further, Tesla’s brand is much stronger than Solarcity.

According to it’s 2017 year-end report submitted to the California DMV, Tesla has not tested any vehicles on public roads in California in autonomous mode for the reporting year 2017 (November 30, 2016-December 1, 2017).

This news comes in the midst of mounting frustrations over delays in Tesla’s Full Self Driving feature, which Tesla currently sells as a $3000 option in all of its new cars, to be enabled in a future date following extensive software validation and regulatory approval. According to Tesla’s marketing print, Full Self Drive means, complete autonomous driving. You simply tell the car where it needs to go and the car will drive to the final destination with no input from the passenger.

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