Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced this morning that the company will open orders for the first solar roof tiles today:
It will start with the Black glass smooth tiles and the textured glass tiles. Other styles will follow next year.
The news comes as the company confirmed last week that it plans to start the ” pilot manufacturing” of the first types of tiles during the current quarter (within two months) at their Fremont facility and move to volume production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo “shortly” thereafter.
Tesla will update the website this afternoon to release more information about pricing and installation.
The orders will be open for almost any country that Tesla has a presence in, but delivery and installation in 2017 are likely to be US only. Musk did say that the UK and Australia should get their first installations next year.
Here are the two styles of tiles that will be open for orders today:
Smooth glass tile roof
Textured glass tile roof
We will have an update later today about the details when Tesla opens the order – likely early in the afternoon. We will keep an eye on pricing, especially since Musk said that he sees the potential for Tesla’s solar roof to cost less than a regular roof – even before energy production.
And the warranty should be interesting too since Musk said that they thought about making it virtually for a lifetime – though he said that they probably wouldn’t do that. Nonetheless, the warranty will show how confident they are about the glass that they developed.
Solar and energy storage prices are highly dependent on your market (electricity cost, gov incentives, etc.) and your property. We suggest to get quotes from more than one installer to make sure you get the best energy solution for your place. UnderstandSolar is a great free service to link you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates for free.
Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe the podcast.