Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated November 20, 2020

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September 2016 - November 2020


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 November 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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