Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated July 18, 2017

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September 2016 - July 2017

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 18

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

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

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


Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 24

In this week’s top stories: Model 3 exterior and interior photos, a new Model S hypermiling record, EV news from Nissan, Chevy Bolt, Smart car, and Volvo, and more details on Tesla Solar Roof.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 20

Tesla is moving quickly with its upcoming solar roof tiles and a lot of customers are already waiting for it.

Now we learn of a few more new, albeit small, details coming to light through Tesla’s UL certification for the first versions of the tiles. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 7

Tesla’s solar roof tiles are not the first attempt at integrating solar cells into roofing products. Several companies have tried in the past and even delivered some products, even big companies like Dow Chemical, but they ended up discontinuing the product.

Now Tesla thinks that it has a winning formula and its new Vice President of Solar Products went as far as saying that other solar companies looking to compete in the segment are “kind of fucked”. expand full story


Tesla Solar Roof Stories May 31

Tesla is moving quickly with its new solar roof tiles. Early installations could start as soon as next month after the company started taking orders earlier this month.

Now we learn that the company just received approval from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for permitting and installations. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories May 25

After first unveiling the product last year, Tesla started taking orders with a $1,000 deposit for the first versions of its solar roof tiles earlier this month.

Electrek has learned that demand exceeded expectations and that its solar roof tiles are now sold out ‘well into 2018’. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories May 22

Ever since the acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla has been looking to create synergies between its energy producing products, solar panels and now solar roof tiles, its energy storing products, Powerwalls and Powerpacks, and its energy-consuming products, its electric vehicles.

The latest synergy effort will take the form an in-car app for monitoring power generation – confirmed CEO Elon Musk. expand full story


Tesla Solar Roof Stories May 12

Tesla opened orders for its first two styles of solar roof tiles this week and the company plans to start installations within the next two months.

Through its acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla has now access to thousands of installers, but there are significant differences between installing solar panels and a whole roof. Roofing is more labor intensive and Tesla is now looking to train and hire a lot of roofers. expand full story

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