Musk: Tesla solar can save you up to $1,000 a year
Last month, Elon Musk bragged that TSLA solar panels were “like having a money printer on your roof.” Musk made the bold claims while relaunching Tesla’s solar business.
According to the company’s website, you can rent solar power panels or solar roofs for as little as $50 a month. That cost includes installation and ongoing maintenance. And you’re not locked into a long-term contract.
However, if you want the panels removed, it would cost $1,500. Now Musk is backpedaling, saying Tesla will waive the removal fee for the remainder of September.
Tesla Solar has struggled under Musk
After leading the field for years, Tesla Solar started lagging behind its competition.
For the first quarter of 2019, Tesla sank to third place for solar installations in the United States, according to energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.
The top three residential solar installers combined accounted for 25% of all new U.S. residential capacity in the first quarter. That’s a dramatic collapse from Tesla’s peak, when it alone accounted for more than a third of the U.S. residential solar market.
Musk acquired SolarCity in 2016, but the business has been struggling under his leadership. With the recent relaunch, Tesla slashed prices to undercut its competition.
Unfortunately, Walmart sued Tesla just days after its solar relaunch. In its lawsuit, Walmart claimed that the solar panels caused fires at seven stores between 2012 and 2018.
It’s unclear why Walmart waited until Musk relaunched his solar business to file a lawsuit for seven fires that allegedly occurred years ago.
Einhorn is a notorious short-seller who has been shorting Tesla stock for years. So if TSLA tanks, he makes money.
The animosity between Einhorn and Musk has been brewing for years. In April 2019, Einhorn gloated that “the wheels are coming off ” at Tesla. At the time, Einhorn cheerfully chirped that Tesla was imploding.
Einhorn — whose net worth tops $1.5 billion — is a hedge fund titan who’s among the most closely watched investors on Wall Street.
In 2018, Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital had its worst year since its 1996 launch. Part of the reason why Greenlight lost 34% last year was that Einhorn made huge bets against Tesla.