Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated April 24, 2021

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September 2016 - April 2021


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 April 24

Tesla is starting to offer free Powerwalls to people who received big price increases on solar roof projects that were already under contracts.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 11

Over the weekend, reports have come in of the recent massive Tesla solar roof price increase hitting several customers, some of whom have been waiting about a year with signed installation contracts. The price increase seems to apply to Tesla Powerwall installations, too, with the cost of those increasing by about 30%.

Some customers have even already spent thousands of dollars in preparation for the job, and yet are being told that their solar roof installation will cost tens of thousands of dollars more than anticipated.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 29

Tesla appears to have drastically increased the price of its Solar Roof tiles in an update to its configurator and quote estimates.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 2

New Tesla Solar Roof tiles in a different color have been spotted at the automaker’s test facility near Fremont factory in California.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories February 22

Tesla is preparing to expand its Solar Roof product to Canada and Europe, which could happen as soon as this year, according to CEO Elon Musk.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories February 19

A new video shows how Tesla Solar Roof automatically makes snow slide right off it to be able to keep producing electricity.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 9

Tesla has installed its biggest known Solar Roof project to date: a massive 44 kW system with Powerwalls powering a zen retreat.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories January 5

Tesla is expanding its Solar Roof installation effort in several markets with new hiring sprees, as evidenced by dozens of new job postings.

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories November 20, 2020

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, 2020

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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