Tesla Solar Roof Overview Updated August 11, 2020

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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 June 26

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories June 11

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Tesla Solar Roof Stories April 1

Tesla has installed the biggest solar roof installation we have seen yet and it’s massive. Interestingly, the solar installation is located in Florida as Tesla managed to Hurricane-proof the system. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories March 16

Tesla announced that Gigafactory New York achieved Solarglass tile production of 4MW last week, which it claims is enough for 1,000 homes.

An impressive new milestone, but can they install those solar roofs? expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories February 10

Tesla Solar Roof could implement a heating grid to automatically melt snow and ice off your roof in order to prevent the disruption of energy generation. expand full story

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed an expansion of the company’s solar roof tiles, also known as Solarglass, in Europe and China and the timing will be announced soon. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories December 17, 2019

Tesla is building a “solar test house” at its Fremont factory, and it’s going to hide it under canopies, according to new building permit applications. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories December 10, 2019

With version 3 of its solar roof tiles, now called Tesla Solarglass roof, Tesla has created a lot of interest in its new solar product. Here’s where Tesla plans to first install the new solar roof tiles. expand full story

Tesla Solar Roof Stories November 1, 2019

Elon Musk released a video of someone throwing a pumpkin at Tesla Solar Roof V3 glass and the “Solarglass” won, but questions about the longevity of the product remain. expand full story

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