Tesla Pausing Solar Roof Installations Due to Supply Chain Issues: Report

Tesla has paused solar roof installation projects due to issues with the supply chain, leaving some customers without a roof for months, according to internal documents from Tesla’s solar scheduling team, seen by electrek.

Although Tesla’s solar business grew last year, wide-reaching supply chain constraints are affecting nearly every industry.

While Tesla managed the semiconductor shortage better than rivals last year, issues with the supply chain have doubled down this year amidst Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

One customer, Ryan Prijic, was told a solar installation would take around eight months, with Tesla using dry-in waterproof roofing as a base structure for the solar panels.

The waterproof capacity of the dry-in roof was expected to last around six months, so holding off on installing the solar panels was considered no problem prior to the current supply chain issues.

Now that it’s March, Prijic is growing concerned with no solar panel installation in the books and with him already having experienced two different leaks from the roof — despite it only being around eight weeks since the roof’s removal.

The story is not uncommon amidst Tesla’s solar roof customers, with many reporting that their installation schedules have been pushed back with little communication from Tesla.

Tesla also faces a lawsuit in California over the company raising solar installation prices after contracts were already signed.