Tesla is kitting out a new 218-home luxury development in Florida with solar roofs, batteries, and electric-vehicle chargers

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  • Tesla is fitting 218 luxury Florida homes with solar panels, Powerwall batteries, and car chargers.

  • The luxury housing complex will be built around a golf course designed by retired golfer Jack Niklaus.

  • The community, called Panther National, is 2,400 acres, according to the development team.

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Tesla is kitting out an entire community of 218 luxury homes in Florida with solar roofs, batteries, and electric-vehicle chargers, Electrek first reported.

Centaur US Holdings is developing the community around a golf course in Palm Beach. The project is called Panther National, and the golf course was designed by retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus.

The Panther National development team announced in July that it was partnering with Elon Musk's company to provide energy products for the 218 homes, including Tesla's solar panels, wall connectors for electric vehicles, and Powerwalls, which are Tesla's energy-storage batteries.

Strang Design, a Miami-based architectural company, will design the houses.

The whole community covers 2,400 acres, according to Panther National's website.

Insider asked the development team and Tesla for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Tesla recently jacked up the price of individual solar-roof contracts by as much as 70%. Some customers told Insider in May that they'd been ghosted, or sent in circles, by Tesla's customer service.

In April, Musk announced that all its solar-energy products would come bundled with Powerwalls.

This isn't the first time Tesla is partnering with a real-estate developer.

In Austin, Texas, Tesla has teamed up with real-estate developer Brookfield for a neighborhood in which every home has Tesla's solar roofs and battery storage. The houses are currently under construction.

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