Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated January 9, 2018

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September 2016 - January 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 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

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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

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 31, 2017

Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel has confirmed that the company started solar cell production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo.

Furthermore, the executive has also updated the company’s production goal to 2 GW of capacity per year. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 30, 2017

At this point, we already know a lot about Tesla’s solar roof tiles with the launch in May and details released through certification.

But not much is known about the mechanism that links all those tiles together to create the actual solar roof other than Elon Musk saying that there’s a “shocking amount of technology in the connectors.”

Now a new patent explains in more detail a method that the company invented to connect the tiles. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 2, 2017

With the release of its second quarter 2017 after market close today, Tesla confirmed that they finally started installing their solar roof tiles in homes – though those homes are owned by their executives and employees. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 1, 2017

Tesla (TSLA) is set to release its second quarter 2017  financial results on Wednesday, August 2 after market close. As usual, the release of the results will be followed by a conference call and Q&A with Tesla’s management at 2:30pm Pacific Time (5:30pm Eastern Time).

Here we take a look at what both the street and retail investors are expecting for the quarter. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 18, 2017

Founder & COO Peter Rive, Chairman Elon Musk , SolarCity Founder & CEO Lyndon Rive speak at the company’s IPO at the NASDAQ stock exchange on December 13, 2012 in Manhattan, New York. SolarCity is a leader of distributed clean energy and will trade under SCTY. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for SolarCity)
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After his brother and former CEO of SolarCity, Lyndon Rive, left Tesla last month, now Peter Rive, the former CTO and co-founder at SolarCity, is also leaving the company. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 16, 2017

Earlier this year, CEO Elon Musk surprisingly said that Tesla would “probably” offer a solar roof as an option on the Model 3.

Now, Musk is throwing some cold water on the idea – virtually killing it. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 11, 2017

Tesla Gigafactory 2, a factory in Buffalo that Tesla took over after the acquisition of SolarCity, is about to start production of the company new solar roof tiles.

Like at Gigafactory 1 for battery production in Nevada, Tesla partnered with Panasonic to produce the cells and now the company is looking to hire as many as 300 workers as it is about to start production.  expand full story

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