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Tesla's Solar Roof May Be Stylish, But Is It Affordable?

Tesla's Solar Roof May Be Stylish, But Is It Affordable?

ELON Musk announced the opening of orders for Tesla's solar roof tiles this week on Twitter, which set the clean tech community abuzz. One of the major highlights of these new roof tiles is that Tesla's solar roofs will be less expensive than regular roofs, even before energy production is considered. This week, they got them. Sistine's "camouflaged" solar panels cost about 10 percent more than typical photovoltaics, but the start-up is banking on homeowner willingness to spend a little more so unsightly roof panels don't stick out like sore thumbs in the neighborhood.

Tesla only confirmed that installation would start in "certain regions of the U.S" in June, therefore, the locations of the job postings might give us an indication of where Tesla plans to make its first solar roof installations.

Also the solar shingles are much more durable than traditional shingles, and Tesla is raising some eyebrows with its lifetime warranty. For example, households that charge an electric vehicle every day may want more solar tiles on their roof.

Pricing will vary depending on where you live (due to subsidies on offer) and the design of your house. "I think the aesthetics are really that good".

But that would include another pillar of Tesla's growing energy portfolio - the home battery storage device called the Powerwall. Solar and the ability to store energy has become one of the primary focuses of Tesla and is right up there with its electric vehicle aspirations. He has found a way to reuse solar energy from roofing tiles to power homes, cars and communities.

Bloomberg has recently reported that the company is producing roofing projects at $42 square foot including materials and labor. Best of all, Musk claims that the solar roofs look better than most commercial roofs.

After speaking to former insiders at SolarCity, the Wall Street Journal reported that just before the solar installer was sold to Tesla, the number of customers backing out of contracts before solar panels could be installed was about 50%. He expects the initial ramp-up to be slow. These newfangled MIT-designed panels reflect back an image of the roof below while still letting light through to the photovoltaic cells within.


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