Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated January 8, 2019

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September 2016 - January 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 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

Tesla Solar Roof Stories October 25, 2018

Tesla has been promising a ramp-up of production for its highly anticipated solar roof tiles this year, but now CEO Elon Musk says that volume production is delayed to next year. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 21, 2018

Tesla’s solar roof tiles are one of the company’s most anticipated products, but the rollout has been fairly slow.

Now we’ve learned that Tesla is expanding installations to the Northeast. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories August 8, 2018

Tesla made a deal with Panasonic to produce solar cells for its solar roof tiles at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, but now we learn that the slow rollout and production ramp-up of Tesla’s new solar products is resulting in Panasonic seeking new buyers for the solar cells produced at Gigafactory 2. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 26, 2018

There are only a handful of Tesla Solar Roof installations out there at this point, but they are slowly ramping up production and installations, which means that first responders need to be ready to know how to approach this new kind of roof in case of emergency.

A training video showing how to do just that gives us a rare and interesting look at Tesla’s solar roof tiles. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories July 11, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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

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