Tesla’s Panasonic Solar Cells Purchased by H.R.D. Singapore Factories in Philippines

Low demand and a trade loophole had raised foreign interest in Panasonic solar cells.  The loophole allows companies outside of the U.S. to ship solar panels into America duty-free as long as the panels are U.S. built cells.  Initially, Panasonic had planned to sell the panels to Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) for its trademark Solar Roof. 

The Panasonic cells are being produced at the Tesla facility due to an agreement dating back to 2016.  The buyer has not been identified.  This comes as a surprise as solar cells produced in the U.S. are much more expensive than in Asia due to President Donald Trump’s tariffs on solar imports.  The use of the solar cells has not been disclosed. 

Sources have claimed that H.R.D.’s factories in the Philippines are taking majority of the solar cells from the Buffalo plant.  The company claims that the shipments account for most of the cell production from the plant.  Currently, H.R.D.’s factories supply it’s lion share of product to Ichijo due to their close affiliation. 

Ichijo boasts its homes as energy efficient and technologically advance with many that have solar panels included.  Ichijo’s sales focus has been mainly in the Japanese market but has expanded in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. 

Tesla has not provided official sales numbers for its Solar Roof but only installed them on a handful of rooftops after production line issues.  It seems that Panasonic was forced to find other buyers due to low purchase volume from Tesla’s solar sales team. 

  1. Leon Fitzgerald 4 months ago

    What a sad pump of the worst performing stock in the Nasdaq 100. $TSLA $TSLAQ

    • Andy Smith 4 months ago

      Elon is like, my business is so bad i want to pivot to be compared to these guys $TSLA

  2. Dave Kranzler 4 months ago

    I wonder if something not so savory is going on. It’s in Morgan Stanley’s interest on many levels to keep $tsla stock propped up. I find it hard to believe that Cathie Wood to could be as retarded as she seems. You saw that Ark TSLA valuation model….

  3. Greg Lee 4 months ago

    $TSLA 15MIN 100SMA is usually where things start to pull back of late…

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