Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated November 1, 2019

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September 2016 - November 2019


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 manufactured by Panasonic and 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 company says that the “typical homeowner can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for a Solar Roof” and started taking orders for the US on May 10 with an online price estimate calculator powered by data from Google Sunroof project

It comes with a lifetime of the house warranty and 30-year power generation guaranteed. After the electricity production, Tesla estimates that its solar roof will be cheaper than regular tile roofs or virtually pay for itself through electricity savings.

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

Smooth glass tile roof 

Tuscan glass tile roof 

Slate glass tile roof 

Textured glass tile roof 

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

In May 2017, Tesla started taking orders with a $1,000 deposit for the first versions of its solar roof tiles and the product was sold out “well into 2018” within the first few weeks.

Tesla solar roof products are perfect for homeowners who want solar and need a new roof relatively soon, but a regular solar panel installation is still a good solution for people who don’t need a new roof. Solar and energy storage prices are highly dependent on your market (electricity cost, gov incentives, etc.) and your property. We suggest getting 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.

Tesla Solar Roof Stories November 1

Elon Musk released a video of someone throwing a pumpkin at Tesla Solar Roof V3 glass and the “Solarglass” won, but questions about the longevity of the product remain. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 27

Electrek obtained an updated Tesla Solar Roof quote from V2 to V3, and it shows that the price of the solar roof tiles went down by as much as 40% with the new generation. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 23

Tesla is planning to launch a new version of its solar roof tiles, Solar Roof V3, at a new event tomorrow afternoon. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 27

Tesla is planning to ramp up installation of its new solar roof, but it needs to figure out a way to reduce installation time.

Now a new patent shows a possible solution by producing and installing solar roof tiles in jointed groups. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 2

Tesla is working on building a new structure at its Fremont factory that will include a solar roof installation to test the lastest verion of Tesla’s solar power product. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 30

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles are one of those products that have been delayed for a while at Tesla, but CEO Elon Musk now says that the company is ramping up production to “1,000 roofs per week” by the end of the year. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 14

We got our hands on an actual Tesla Solar Roof quote sent to a potential customer and the price is shockingly high, but it could still make sense for some homeowners. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 13

We take a first look at Tesla’s latest solar roof tile technology with custom fittings through a new document from Tesla obtained by Electrek. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 12

Elon Musk is suggesting that the new version of Tesla’s solar roof tiles will be even less expensive and it will roughly be the equivalent of the cost of a comp shingle roof and the electric utility bill, which the solar roof will slash through solar energy generation. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 8

While people are looking at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 to ramp up production of the solar roof tiles, the installation time might actually be the biggest bottleneck for the ramp-up of the production.

A Tesla solar installer reveals that it still takes about to 2 weeks to complete an installation. expand full story

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