Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated July 11, 2018

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September 2016 - July 2018


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 July 11

Tesla’s rollout of the solar roof tiles is much slower than anticipated, but the few customers who have Tesla solar roof installations seem pretty happy about it.

One of the very first homeowners to get a solar roof shared an impressive chart showing how the system is “performing well.” expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories May 26

Tesla is slowly ramping up installations of its solar roof tiles and we got to see a few final product from customer installations in the last few months, but never a close look at the actual tiles and their connection system – until now. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories May 7

The idea behind Tesla’s solar roof tiles was driven by Elon Musk seeing a need for more differentiation in solar products, which he thought would be driven by aesthetics.

Integrating solar cells into roofing material wasn’t in any way a new idea, but Tesla’s solar roof tiles innovated by making the solar cells undetectable from a street view while still capturing sunlight.

Now a new patent obtained by Tesla and released last week shows how the company made it happen. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 5

In recent weeks, we have started to see several Tesla solar roof customer installations and now the company is starting to accelerate its hiring effort at Gigafactory 2, where they manufacture the solar roof tiles. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 2

Last week, we reported on the first few customer installations of the new Tesla solar roof tiles, but the systems were unfortunately not up and running due to delays with the local electric utility.

Now one of those first customer installations is now connected to the grid and working. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 29

After its acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla started building an energy product offering that covers everything from energy production, with its solar products, to energy storage, with its Powerwall, to energy consumption, with its electric vehicles.

A perfect customer for the company would own all of those products.

Tri Huynh is one of those perfect new Tesla customers. He owns a Model 3 and just got one of the very first Tesla solar roof installations and 3 Powerwalls installed at his house in the Bay Area. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 28

The rollout of Tesla’s new solar roof tiles has been slower than anticipated, but the company continues the installations of the Tesla Energy product with a focus on the Californian market as we take our first look at a solar roof ‘textured tile’ installation. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 9

After a few delays, Tesla confirmed today that they have now officially started the installation process with site survey, design, and permitting for regular customers (non-employee) of its new solar roof tiles. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories December 6, 2017

SolarCity’s solar cell and module factory in Buffalo, now renamed Tesla Gigafactory 2 since the automaker bought the solar company, has suffered several delays.

But since Tesla brought in Panasonic to take over some of the manufacturing efforts, the plant seems to be moving quicker.

Now, the Japanese electronics giant confirmed that they are looking to move to solar cell production in the coming months and employ 300 workers by the end of the year. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 9, 2017

After Tesla started installing the first solar roof systems at the homes of employees and executives in August, we haven’t heard much about the deployment of Tesla’s new energy product.

But now we learn that Tesla is installing more solar roof systems two months later. expand full story

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