Tesla is reportedly making big changes to its energy unit as it tries to ramp up falling solar sales

tesla energy batteryAttendees take pictures of the new Tesla Energy Powerwall Home Battery during an event at Tesla Motors in Hawthorne, California April 30, 2015. Tesla Motors Inc unveiled Tesla Energy - a suite of batteries for homes, businesses and utilities - a highly-anticipated plan to expand its business beyond electric vehicles. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

Tesla is looking to ramp up its solar energy business after yet another quarter of declining sales, according to reports by Bloomberg and CNBC.

After the cable news channel reported Thursday that the company had obtained permits to test its solar roof products on top of its factory in Fremont, California, Bloomberg News reported Friday that the company was also shaking up the management ranks of the struggling unit.

Sanjay Shah, vice president of energy operations, is setting back from any direct management of the solar generations and storage business, anonymous sources tell the outlet. Kunal Girotra, a product manager for Tesla's Powerwall product, is said to gain more oversight of the unit.

A Tesla spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. 

In its second quarter earnings report in late July, Tesla said it installed just 29 megawatts worth of energy products, it's lowest three-month period to-date. In the first quarter, Tesla installed 47 megawatts. In previous years, the company has topped 200 megawatts in a quarter.

To be sure, energy revenues ticked up in the second quarter, to $368 million, but remain below last year's levels.

Last year, when the company announced a sales shift for its vehicles away from brick-and-mortar stores, a move it later reversed course on, the company also shifted the way it sells both cars and home energy products. Salespeople who had previously focused on either product specifically, Business Insider reported at the time, now sold the whole "ecosystem. For solar salespeople, this also meant blurred lines between inside and outside sales, a traditional distinction in many organizations.

Read more: 'It feels like a morgue': Tesla employees say morale has fallen drastically as stores close and workers are let go

On Monday, CEO Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla is aiming to manufacture 1,000 solar roofs per week by the end of the year - a massive increase from current levels. The company also announced this week a new "Megapack" battery that can store up to 3 megawatt-hours of electricity and convert up to 1.5 megawatts of energy from a direct current, or DC, to an alternating current, or AC, so homes can use it, Tesla said.

The company has previously used its industrial-size Powerpack batteries for large-scale projects but says the Megapack has 60% more energy density.

Shakeups in the energy unit's management add to a year that's been rife with executive changes for Tesla. Chief technology officer J.B. Straubel announced his resignation last week on the company's earnings call, becoming (at least) the 22nd senior employee to depart in the past year.

"Battery storage is transforming the global electric grid and is an increasingly important element of the world's transition to sustainable energy," Tesla said in a blog post on its website this week

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