Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated April 9, 2017

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September 2016 - April 2017

Tesla and SolarCity developed a solar roof system that integrates the solar cells and modules inside the structure of the roof rather than just panels on a roof.

They are is using a high-efficiency solar cell, which will be manufactured by Panasonic, covered with a “color louver film”, which allows cells to blend into the roof while exposing them to the sun above, and finally a tempered glass on top for durability.

The product is offered in 4 different styles: Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile.

The new product was unveiled on October 28, 2016, at a joint event with Tesla and SolarCity in Los Angeles.

If you want to install a solar array at your home, business (or your gas station), you can see if it makes sense for your property and if you can be saving money on your energy bill here.

Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 9

The attention around Tesla’s solar products is mostly focused on its solar roof tiles, but those address only a new segment in the market – the new roof segment. Tesla is also trying to innovate for homeowners who don’t need a new roof, but who still want to generate their own solar energy.

This weekend, Tesla updated the ‘Energy’ section of its website to unveil new pictures – see above and below – of a new exclusive solar panel made by Panasonic. Electrek has also learned some details about this new product that will apparently shape the future of the company’s offering in the residential solar industry. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 24

Tesla already started gathering a list of people interested in their new ‘solar roof tiles’ since the launch of the new product line last November, but now they are about ready to start taking orders.

CEO Elon Musk confirmed today that they plan to open the order book next month. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 8

After the Model 3, Tesla’s ‘solar roof’ is probably the company’s most anticipated product of 2017, which brings some scrutiny to its plans for production – not unlike the Model 3’s production program.

The recent release of information from Tesla and Panasonic led to some confusion over the production of the product at Gigafactory 2, which the company is now clarifying. expand full story


Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 3

In order to bring to market its new series of ‘Solar Roof’ products, Tesla announced last year that they are bringing together a lot of technologies under one roof at their newly acquired factory in Buffalo, now known as ‘Gigafactory 2‘. It includes tech developed in-house by Tesla, some tech by Panasonic, and tech from SolarCity and its subsidiaries.

The deal is somewhat complicated with a lot of moving parts, which now clearly shows why Elon Musk wanted Tesla to acquire SolarCity since it will simplify the complicated partnership. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories December 27, 2016

In my opinion, Tesla is currently by far the most interesting tech company to follow and 2016 was its most exciting year yet. I think the highlights are clear: Model 3 unveil event, introduction of Autopilot 2.0 on all cars, which could enable fully self-driving capability, and finally the unveiling of the solar roof products.

While 2016 was a year of unveilings, 2017 will be a year of execution for Tesla. The company plans to bring all those promising products that it unveiled in 2016 to market, and it also plans to announce a few more. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories November 17, 2016

Elon Musk made quite the announcement today. During the special shareholders meeting to approve the merger with SolarCity, which they approved by 85%, he said that he was coming back from a meeting with the SolarCity engineering team about the solar roof and that he now feels confident that they could deliver the product at a lower cost than a regular roof – even before energy production.

That’s different from what the company was claiming before the meeting today. expand full story


Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 29, 2016

We are still digesting the event that Tesla held last night. The solar roof products are undoubtedly stunning, but we are disappointed by the lack of details about pricing and the absence of the “integrated” aspect with the Powerwall 2 and new Tesla charger that didn’t end up being unveiled – more on that later.

But we got a rare look at one of the working Tesla Model 3 prototypes. These outings are always appreciated by reservations holders so we’ve put together a quick gallery of the vehicle. expand full story

In this week’s top stories: Tesla unveils its new Powerwall 2.0 and solar roof productsGeorge Hotz cancels his autopilot-like comma one’ project, Tesla’s Q3 earnings, and we take a look at the company’s pipeline and the new Tesla vehicles likely arriving in the years to come.  expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 28, 2016

Tesla’s new solar technology enabled the company to develop not one, but four different solar roof products that look like conventional and modern roof types:  Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile. expand full story


We were live at Universal Studios in Los Angeles today for Tesla’s unveiling of its new integrated energy solution with ‘solar roof and Powerwall’. For the event, Tesla and SolarCity retrofitted with the new solar roof solutions a bunch of houses used for film and tv sets by Universal Studios.

The company surprised everyone with not only one solar roof, but several new solar roof options, including designs that look like Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile. expand full story

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