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At the end of the day, solar roofs are not going to be a seamless product integration for Tesla. And yet, the concept certainly has the feel of the Tesla brand. Many had been questioning how Musk could possibly give solar panels the exquisite Tesla feel when they usually stick out, often contrasting with a roof’s design. The solar roof and the sleek glass roof tiles appear to be just the answer Musk was seeking for Tesla’s entrance into the solar industry.
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I am an Elon Musk fan, eagerly awaitting my Tesla 3. Although the base price is $35k, I am asssuming @ a +30% price increase by delivery. I will rejoice in no longer funding the fossil fuel industry to drive my car. My home will need a new roof soon. We are already reaping thebenefits & the satsifacion of PV panels virtually eliminating our electric bill, so I am VERY interested in Tesla’s new roofing PV system, and just as the cost of the original Tesla S was for the +5%, the Tesla 3 is in the range of the Common Man. I believe Musk will succed in making this venture affordable to the masses. He is bringing is a small, but significant window of hope, for the health of the planet, in these desperate times. Thanx Elon!
Tesla Roof Tiles
Technology Running the Numbers for Tesla’s Solar Roof: How Much Will It Cost You? Barry Cinnamon digs into the economics of Tesla’s newest tech. And despite the lack of information, he’s pretty optimistic about the prospects for the solar roof. by Barry Cinnamon November 08, 2016 Barry Cinnamon digs into the economics of Tesla’s newest tech. And despite the lack of information, he’s pretty optimistic about the prospects for the solar roof. by Barry Cinnamon November 08, 2016 136
Tesla Roof Tiles
Running the Numbers for Tesla’s Solar Roof: How Much Will It Cost You? Barry Cinnamon digs into the economics of Tesla’s newest tech. And despite the lack of information, he’s pretty optimistic about the prospects for the solar roof. by Barry Cinnamon November 08, 2016 Barry Cinnamon digs into the economics of Tesla’s newest tech. And despite the lack of information, he’s pretty optimistic about the prospects for the solar roof. by Barry Cinnamon November 08, 2016 136
Tesla Roof Tiles
Running the Numbers for Tesla’s Solar Roof: How Much Will It Cost You? Barry Cinnamon digs into the economics of Tesla’s newest tech. And despite the lack of information, he’s pretty optimistic about the prospects for the solar roof. by Barry Cinnamon November 08, 2016 Barry Cinnamon digs into the economics of Tesla’s newest tech. And despite the lack of information, he’s pretty optimistic about the prospects for the solar roof. by Barry Cinnamon November 08, 2016
Tesla Roof Tiles
Much of what we had expected for the roof product is what we got on October 28 – the only surprise was the appearance and the use of a supposedly unbreakable glass apparatus. With the SolarCity’s acquisition expected post November 17’s big merger decision, Tesla is starting to leverage the new resources available to them. Other than SolarCity’s massive installer workforce – which will be doing more building and less installing in the future – the asset most important to Musk’s solar glass roof will be Panasonic’s impressive panel efficiency and the durability of the tiles and shingles being made. Musk demonstrated in the launch the strength of his new roofing product, testing heavy weights on three common roofing shingles as well as his own. Sure enough, the Tesla roof was the only one that could withstand the weight and pressure. “It’s made of quartz” explained Musk. “It has a quasi-infinite lifetime.”
Musk’s solar roof product is one of several energy products Tesla is offering now that it’s merged with SolarCity. Tesla Tesla also sells Powerwall 2, it’s at-home battery, and Powerpack 2, its commercial battery.
Cost is a enormous grey area for this new product – Tesla hasn’t made any pricing information available to date. With a company like Tesla, it will be hard to even venture a guess for what these glorious glass roofs will cost. After all, they’re a premium product made of quartz and are virtually unbreakable – it’s possible that Tesla’s solar roof will be a solar option for the top 1-5% and not the majority of prospective homeowners.
Tesla unveiled its solar roof product in late October, about a month before the company acquired SolarCity in a deal worth $2.1 billion. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said it looks “quite promising” that the solar roof could be cheaper than a normal roof, factoring in the price of labor.
Of course, there’s the matter of price: Tesla’s roof cost less than the full cost of a roof and electricity will be competitive or better than the cost of a traditional roof combined with the cost of electricity from the grid, Musk said. Tesla declined to provide specific pricing at the moment, since it will depend on a number of factor including installation specifics on a per home basis.
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Innovations in the business model related to solar roof installations, for which both Tesla and SolarCity are well known, can further reduce costs. So on the whole, I’m optimistic that new solar technologies like Tesla’s solar roof will contribute to continued rapid growth in the residential solar industry.
One final factor: the Tesla Solar Roof will work like any rooftop solar system, connecting to your home’s electric panel through an inverter. You could stop there, but the system is being packaged alongside Tesla’s forthcoming Powerwall 2.0, a battery storage device with a built-in inverter and an installed cost of $6,500. Combining Solar Roof and Powerwall 2.0, Musk promises, will power an entire home with 100 percent renewable energy.
The solar roof is an undoubtably beautiful product, and it could give Tesla a great new product with which to excite customers. But it won’t be comparable to the cost of a normal roof, and we don’t even know if Tesla can manufacture the product yet.
Tesla and its esteemed chairman have a long way to go to affirm their status as a real player in both the solar PV and green roofing industries. How they will make this roof concept cost-competitive and how they will effectively absorb the financial turmoil of SolarCity are two big hurdles for the clean energy behemoth. But for now, Musk has done his job. The world’s interest is piqued and millions of homeowners are already anxiously anticipating Tesla Energy’s new solar product coming to market in 2017. For those solar shoppers who are wondering what a rooftop solar installation would cost them today, check out our Solar Calculator to get a free personalized estimate.
“First of all, I’ve never seen a solar roof that I would actually want… they’re weird,” Musk said on a conference call Nov. 1. “Every one of them that I’ve seen is worse than a normal roof, without exception. So unless you’re going to beat a roof on aesthetics, why bother?” Screenshot via Tesla
Though it might keep Musk up at night, Tesla will not be the first company to launch a solar roof product. Development of solar roof tiles and solar shingles (most famously by Dow) has been evolving for many years, and a number of companies have taken a stab at designing a versatile, subtle rooftop solar medium that could be considered a genuine roofing material rather than a module add-on.
The roof tiles are actually made of textured glass. From most viewing angles, they look just like ordinary shingles, but they allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. The plan is for Panasonic to produce the solar cells and for Tesla to put together the glass tiles and everything that goes along with them. That’s all predicated on shareholders approving the $2.2 billion acquisition of SolarCity, the biggest U.S. rooftop installer, on Nov. 17.
Powerwall 2 looks ready for primetime. The new solar shingles? Let’s wait until more details emerge. Tesla says we should expect a slow initial rollout beginning in about nine months. Within two years of production, the shingles could account for five percent of the five million roofs installed in the U.S. every year, said Peter Rive, SolarCity’s co-founder and chief technology officer. SolarCity, under the Tesla brand, would also manufacture and sell surface-mounted solar panels for homeowners who have no plans for replacing their existing roofs.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Tesla’s recently announced solar shingles. Based on the information I’ve seen, Tesla certainly has a great-looking and potentially groundbreaking building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product. But there's a dearth of information about cost and performance so far, as GTM has pointed out in its analyses here and here.
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