Tesla to close at least a dozen U.S. solar installation facilities—Reuters report

Tesla will close about a dozen solar facilities in nine states as a part of its ongoing moves to downsize, according to a Reuters exclusive report.

An internal company email named up to 14 facilities slated for closure—while about 60 installation facilities remain open.

The installation facilities that are targeted for closure are located in California, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Arizona, and Delaware.

The company also fired dozens of solar customer service staffers at call centers in Nevada and Utah, according to the former Tesla employees, some of whom were terminated in last week’s cuts.

The operational closures raise new questions about the viability of cash-strapped Tesla’s solar business.

Tesla has been burning through cash as it tries to hit a target of producing 5,000 Model 3 electric sedans per week after production delays.

The company faces investor pressure to turn a profit without having to tap Wall Street for additional capital.

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