tesla solar Stories September 10

Tesla (TSLA) has discontinued its solar subscription service that it started offering in the US two years ago as the cheapest possible way to go solar.

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tesla solar Stories July 13

Tesla is launching a new 420-watt solar panel, one of the most powerful residential solar panels on the market right now.

Let the 420 jokes begin.

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tesla solar Stories April 21

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is going to bundle its solar products, solar roofs and solar panels, with its Powerwall home battery pack going forward.

You are not going to be able to buy one without the other starting next week.

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tesla solar Stories December 15, 2020

Tesla has launched new size options for its rooftop solar panel system, doubling the number of options for homeowners looking to go solar.

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tesla solar Stories November 11, 2020

Tesla (TSLA) is pushing its solar power products before the federal tax credit drops at the end of the year.

But it’s a little more complicated than that.

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tesla solar Stories July 17, 2020

Tesla has updated its solar panel pricing again, slashing the price of its base system to just $8,200, but bigger systems are now a little more expensive. expand full story

Tesla has doubled the reward for people referring new solar panel installations in a new push to accelerate its energy business. expand full story

tesla solar Stories July 7, 2020

Tesla, mostly known for its electric cars, has recently revamped its solar business with new pricing and products, like the solar roof tiles, also known as Solarglass.

In this post, we look at the pricing and how to buy those products. expand full story

tesla solar Stories June 20, 2020

Tesla has updated its solar panel offering with new pricing and it now claims to be “one-third less expensive than the average solar industry” prices. expand full story

tesla solar Stories June 19, 2020

Tesla has released a new, more powerful solar panel and slashed the price of its solar installations as it attempts to ramp up its energy division. expand full story

tesla solar Stories May 9, 2020

Tesla is starting to offer price matching on its solar products — potentially reducing the entry cost.

Here’s how to take advantage of it. expand full story

tesla solar Stories April 6, 2020

Tesla has updated its solar subscription program – making the cost of removing a solar array from someone’s roof vague. expand full story

tesla solar Stories March 31, 2020

Tesla has revealed the price of a single Powerpack price, an insane $172,000, as part of its updated commercial solar price.

However, the price kind of makes sense when you look into it. expand full story

tesla solar Stories March 17, 2020

Tesla is giving away 2 months of free solar power to people signing up for its new home solar subscription program, which starts at just $65 per month in California. expand full story

tesla solar Stories January 23, 2020

Tesla has reduced the price of some of its solar products — likely to compensate for the reduced tax incentive for solar installations in the US — and it added a bigger referral incentive for referrers and new buyers. expand full story

tesla solar Stories December 14, 2019

Tesla has released a giant new version of its latest home solar system – a 15.4 kW solar system suitable for 4,000+ sq ft homes. expand full story

tesla solar Stories September 13, 2019

Tesla is launching a new commercial solar online portal to order large solar arrays with transparent pricing and a subscription model. expand full story

tesla solar Stories September 7, 2019

Tesla is going all-in with its new solar rental product as it now even removes the cost to remove the solar system if the customer doesn’t want it anymore. It virtually offers solar for as little as $50 a month with no risk. expand full story

tesla solar Stories August 16, 2019

Tesla is launching today a solar rental service – a brand new way to get a solar panel system on your roof for as little as $50 per month without any long-term contract. expand full story

tesla solar Stories July 24, 2019

Tesla is currently revamping its solar business to try to go back to growth and we’ve now learned of a new program where Tesla deploys a solar power system within 24 hours after ordering online. expand full story

tesla solar Stories November 15, 2018

Tesla Energy announced today that they are reducing the prices of their solar power systems by $3,000 to $5,000 for the average homeowner.

They cite improvements in “vertical integration” as the reason for the price cut. expand full story

tesla solar Stories May 24, 2018

Ever since the island of Puerto Rico’s power grid was destroyed by hurricanes last year, power outages have plagued the island.

Tesla has been focusing on deploying solar and energy storage on the island in order to help get power back to more people quicker.

One homeowner with a Tesla Powerwall and solar array shows how it can keep the lights on and run off-grid during outages. expand full story

tesla solar Stories February 1, 2018

Since Tesla acquired SolarCity, they have shut down several of the solar installer’s marketing efforts in order to focus on using its own car showroom to promote their solar and energy storage products.

But there’s one marketing effort that they are sticking to and even expanding: a deal with Home Depot. expand full story

tesla solar Stories January 23, 2018

Tesla’s manufacturing effort at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, which it took over as part of its acquisition of SolarCity, has seen some delays over the last year.

But the company now reiterates its commitment to expanding solar product manufacturing in the US following Trump’s solar tariff decision. expand full story

tesla solar Stories January 16, 2018

Combining more solar power with the energy consumption created by electric vehicles has long been part of Tesla’s plan, but the rollout has been disappointing to some.

But it seems to be picking up lately, and now even Tesla’s Tilburg factory gets a new massive solar array. expand full story

tesla solar Stories December 18, 2017

When it was still called ‘SolarCity’, Tesla’s solar business was so strong in the residential market that it was installing over 30% of the solar arrays in the US.

Some assumed that SolarCity was riding the growth of the industry while others suggested that the company was driving that growth.

But now that Tesla acquired the company and shifted their strategy toward fewer installations with higher profit margin, they are linked to an overall fall in installations in the market. expand full story

tesla solar Stories June 25, 2017

While most of the attention around Tesla’s effort in the solar industry is currently focused on its new solar roof tiles, the company is still installing regular solar panels under SolarCity, which is currently transitioning to become ‘Tesla Solar’.

Through that program, Tesla has now started displaying new ‘Tesla Solar’ branded solar panels in its stores. expand full story

tesla solar Stories June 21, 2017

Tesla’s solar and energy storage project with Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Hawaii is a perfect example to showcase the company’s new offering in the energy sector.

And it was never clearer than with this newly released drone video of the project. expand full story

tesla solar Stories May 4, 2017

Tesla has been making more moves into the commercial and utility-scale solar plus energy storage business over the past year. Recent projects like the one on the Island of Kauai and a SolarCity/Tesla Energy project in Connecticut are good examples.

Now we learn that Tesla is looking for similar projects in Argentina as a company executive visited government officials in the country last week.  expand full story

tesla solar Stories May 2, 2017

Since Tesla acquired SolarCiy in November of last year, the company has been trying to solidify the solar installer’s financials. They continued to move from leasing and offering power purchase agreements (PPA) to directly selling the systems and in December, they sold 26,000 home residential systems and 19 commercial and industrial solar projects that they owned under their plans

Today, they confirmed having sold another significant part of their solar portfolio: equity in another 36,000 solar systems. expand full story

tesla solar Stories April 28, 2017

While Tesla acquired SolarCity over 5 months ago, it focused on keeping “business as usual” and it only recently started absorbing the solar installer more aggressively into its operations.

Now we learn that the company is shutting down its door-to-door solar sales operations, which has over 1,000 salespeople, in order to integrate the solar offering into Tesla’s own sale channels, mainly its stores and online. expand full story

tesla solar Stories April 20, 2017

Tesla is launching an updated version of its mobile app and ‘My Tesla’ website today in order to add ‘Powerwall 2‘ and solar system integration.

The new features enable Tesla Powerwall and home solar owners to monitor and manage the “power flow” of their systems directly from the Tesla app – the same one they use to manage their Model S or X if they have one. expand full story

tesla solar Stories April 9, 2017

The attention around Tesla’s solar products is mostly focused on its solar roof tiles, but those address only a new segment in the market – the new roof segment. Tesla is also trying to innovate for homeowners who don’t need a new roof, but who still want to generate their own solar energy.

This weekend, Tesla updated the ‘Energy’ section of its website to unveil new pictures – see above and below – of a new exclusive solar panel made by Panasonic. Electrek has also learned some details about this new product that will apparently shape the future of the company’s offering in the residential solar industry. expand full story

tesla solar Stories September 28, 2016

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Until recently, Tesla hasn’t been really active on the merger and acquisition front. The automaker bought a small tool and die manufacturer in Michigan last year and it also unsuccessfully tried to buy a lithium startup for $325 million back in 2014.

But through its $2.6 billion proposed acquisition of SolarCity, the new ‘Tesla Solar’ would benefit from SolarCity’s several own acquisitions in recent years, including Zep Solar, a maker of mounting equipment for solar panels, Silevo, a maker of solar panels, and ILIOSS, a solar installer in Mexico – the first country in which SolarCity has been expanding outside of the US. expand full story

tesla solar Stories August 1, 2016

Silevo solar panel

Since announcing Tesla’s intentions to acquire SolarCity, CEO Elon Musk has often been talking about the importance of aesthetics in rooftop solar installations. In the original conference call discussing the merger proposal, he came back to the aesthetic of the panels a few times. He said that the new panels will enhance the aesthetic of the roof on which it is installed and therefore add to the value of a house instead of decreasing its value – again based on aesthetics.

He said that he is confident SolarCity’s new panels, built by its Silevo division, will achieve that, but he couldn’t talk about it in details since SolarCity has yet to unveil the solar panel. Now today we finally got our first glimpse at the new solar panel. expand full story

tesla solar Stories June 26, 2016

tesla-motors-solar trademark

Last week, Elon Musk announced his plan for Tesla to acquire SolarCity and fold the solar installer’s operations into Tesla’s own business. The offer is still contingent on board approval and shareholder votes at both companies,  but Electrek has now learned that the automaker is going ahead with trademark applications to sell solar products under its ‘Tesla’ brand. expand full story

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