Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated September 30, 2022

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September 2016 - September 2022


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.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories September 30

Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall owners are showing how their energy products fared in Hurricane Ian after it hit Florida.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories September 12

Tesla has changed requirements for new solar roof projects – they now all require at least one Powerwall per project.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 3

Tesla has come up with a new version of its Solar Roof, version 3.5, and it is now testing it on employee’s homes ahead of a wider launch.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 20

Tesla has paused scheduling new solar roof installations in most markets in the US. It’s not clear what’s happening, but the deployment of the solar product is at a crawl and way behind Elon Musk’s goal.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 7

Tesla has achieved its best solar deployment in the US residential solar market since back in 2017 after acquiring SolarCity, but its solar roof deployment is still at a crawl.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 31

Tesla has paused solar roof installations due to issues with getting its solar roof tiles. Now some clients will be left without a roof for months.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories February 2

Tesla has communicated to employees and some customers that its supply chain issues are now extending its solar roof product, and for now, it is stopping scheduling for new installations.

It’s not clear when those problems will be solved.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 20

Tesla has launched a new financing option for its Solar Roof with lower monthly payments as the company tries to make the product more affordable.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 12

A new video shows how Tesla Solar Roof automatically makes snow slide right off it to be able to keep producing electricity.

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Late Tuesday evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk weighed in on a controversial topic in California: the state’s solar tax proposal. Musk tweeted that California’s proposal was a “bizarre anti-environment move by govt of California.”

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories November 1, 2021

Tesla is launching a new solar roof tile with greater efficiency and higher power capacity. It comes as Tesla is trying to make its solar products mainstream.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 18, 2021

Tesla has updated the solar roof webpage and dropped the claim that its tiles are “3x stronger than standard tiles”.

The company is trying to ramp up solar roof production and installations, but not without issues.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 7, 2021

Tesla has decided to expand the market for solar roof tile installations to anywhere in the US.

The move comes as Tesla aims to greatly accelerate solar roof installations.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories September 20, 2021

In communications shared with the court, Tesla has agreed to finally honor the solar roof prices given to customers who had signed contracts.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 13, 2021

A Tesla Solar Roof owner shared his experience with the solar tiles and how they fared against baseball-size hail in a huge hailstorm that caused significant damage throughout Texas earlier this year.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 9, 2021

Tesla has signed what could be described as a breakthrough deal to deploy solar roofs and Powerwalls on a “large scale” in a new community being built by Brookfield Asset Management and Dacra in Austin.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 24, 2021

Tesla is starting to offer free Powerwalls to people who received big price increases on solar roof projects that were already under contracts.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 11, 2021

Over the weekend, reports have come in of the recent massive Tesla solar roof price increase hitting several customers, some of whom have been waiting about a year with signed installation contracts. The price increase seems to apply to Tesla Powerwall installations, too, with the cost of those increasing by about 30%.

Some customers have even already spent thousands of dollars in preparation for the job, and yet are being told that their solar roof installation will cost tens of thousands of dollars more than anticipated.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 29, 2021

Tesla appears to have drastically increased the price of its Solar Roof tiles in an update to its configurator and quote estimates.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 2, 2021

New Tesla Solar Roof tiles in a different color have been spotted at the automaker’s test facility near Fremont factory in California.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories February 22, 2021

Tesla is preparing to expand its Solar Roof product to Canada and Europe, which could happen as soon as this year, according to CEO Elon Musk.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 9, 2021

Tesla has installed its biggest known Solar Roof project to date: a massive 44 kW system with Powerwalls powering a zen retreat.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 5, 2021

Tesla is expanding its Solar Roof installation effort in several markets with new hiring sprees, as evidenced by dozens of new job postings.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories November 20, 2020

Tesla Solar Roof is going to exclusively power a “smart neighbourhood” project in Mississippi.

Elon Musk’s vision of a future where everyone has a beautiful roof that generates power will come true – at least for a neighborhood in Mississippi.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 25, 2020

Elon Musk says that Tesla’s next ‘killer product’ is its Solar Roof and that it will become “obvious” next year.

It looks like Tesla is getting ready for it by hiring an army of roofers.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 21, 2020

Tesla has apparently finally turned a corner when it comes to its solar business, and it is even claiming to have completed a solar roof install in less than two days. But there’s a big caveat to that claim.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 14, 2020

An interesting new timelapse video of a Tesla Solar Roof installation in just 4 days has been released, but there are some caveats.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 6, 2020

A Tesla Solar Roof customer was left without a roof and tarps covering his house after new solar roof installation turned into a 2-month-long nightmare.

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British prime minister Boris Johnson declared today at the Conservative Party conference that the UK would become “the world leader in clean wind energy.” He committed £160 million ($207 million) to upgrade ports and factories in northern England, Scotland, and Wales in order to build wind turbines.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories September 30, 2020

Tesla has slightly reduced Solar Roof prices and updated its web page for the product with new information.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories September 14, 2020

Tesla is starting to partner with other companies to install solar roof tiles and deploy the new solar product faster.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 11, 2020

Tesla has deployed a rare solar roof system for under $30,000 (after incentives) as it accelerates deployment of the new solar product.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 26, 2020

A family who has had a Tesla Solar Roof for the last 3 months has released a fun video review that shows some impressive results. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 11, 2020

Tesla has started reaching out to some Solar Roof reservation holders to let them know that they are canceling their orders because they don’t cover their area. Some owners are understandably upset after having placed deposits years ago. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 1, 2020

Tesla has installed the biggest solar roof installation we have seen yet and it’s massive. Interestingly, the solar installation is located in Florida as Tesla managed to Hurricane-proof the system. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 16, 2020

Tesla announced that Gigafactory New York achieved Solarglass tile production of 4MW last week, which it claims is enough for 1,000 homes.

An impressive new milestone, but can they install those solar roofs? expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories February 10, 2020

Tesla Solar Roof could implement a heating grid to automatically melt snow and ice off your roof in order to prevent the disruption of energy generation. expand full story

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed an expansion of the company’s solar roof tiles, also known as Solarglass, in Europe and China and the timing will be announced soon. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories December 17, 2019

Tesla is building a “solar test house” at its Fremont factory, and it’s going to hide it under canopies, according to new building permit applications. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories December 10, 2019

With version 3 of its solar roof tiles, now called Tesla Solarglass roof, Tesla has created a lot of interest in its new solar product. Here’s where Tesla plans to first install the new solar roof tiles. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories November 1, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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

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