Tesla opens up preorders for its solar roof

Tesla opens up preorders for its solar roof

Tesla opens up preorders for its solar roof

Tesla is now in the business of selling solar roof tiles.

A new solar roof will also be expensive up front compared to a conventional roof, but Tesla says that it will last for 30 years, the length of a standard USA mortgage, or longer. From most viewing angles, the slick shingles looked like standard roof materials, but they allowed light to pass through from above onto a solar cell embedded beneath the tempered surface. Thus they enable homeowners to harness energy from the sun all day without having to install any additional panels.

Musk Tweeted: "Tesla solar glass roof orders open this afternoon". However, there has been a slight delay.

Tesla said the typical homeowner can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for Solar Roof, which is $2.65 less than an October estimate by Consumer Reports that the sun-powered roof for an average size USA home would need to be cost competitive with a regular roof.

The move comes as part of a long-term goal of Tesla to offer one-stop shopping for solar panels and home batteries in addition to cars, Musk said late a year ago.

The solar roof tiles, which can be laid down on your existing roof and generate solar electricity to power your home, will be rolled out in the USA this year, according to CNBC.

Meanwhile, only two of the four possible tile styles are being made available now. Buyers have the choice of black tiles with either a textured or smooth finish, while tuscan and slate styles will be available next year.

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Musk said the tiles can be ordered "for nearly any country", including specific confirms for Australia and the UK. Powerwall 2.0 stores any excess energy generated by the solar roof tiles, which could help cover demand spikes and serve as back up energy.

The calculator will also show you how much you will save over 30 years.

Tiles break down into two top-level types: solar and non-solar.

Tesla's Solar Roof is made of shingles that are indistinguishable from traditional roof tiling.

The actual roof tiles would come with a structural "infinite" warranty, while the energy generation would only be under warranty for 30 years. The company suggests most people will only need about 40 per cent solar tile coverage on their roofs.

Tesla says that its SolarCity subsidiary will begin installing the first systems in California in June and will then spread to other areas.

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