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With the lawsuit settled, Walmart and Tesla will now go about reenergizing the solar systems that were taken offline. The retailer is aiming to supply 100% of its energy from renewables eventually, but currently uses around 24%.

Walmart says it has more than 300 renewable energy projects in operation or under development worldwide, and in the U.S., the company says it is the largest on-site green power generator.

So far, the company has leaned on Power Purchase Agreements to grow its renewable footprint. “We are still exploring direct investment in projects — an ownership model — that meet the company’s financial requirements,” Walmart said in a document explaining its approach to renewables.

In its lawsuit, Walmart claimed Tesla solar panels sparked fires at at least seven stores in 2018. The retailer accused Tesla of “gross negligence,” and claimed the company failed to follow “prudent industry practices” in installing, operating and maintaining its solar systems.

The lawsuit was filed this summer around the same time Tesla “relaunched” its flagging solar division. The company rolled out a plan to rent rooftop panels to homeowners in six states, starting at $50/month for a 3.8 kW system.

Tesla bought SolarCity in 2016, when it was the leading solar installer in the United States. The company’s market share has sagged since the deal, however.