Monday, 22 May, 2017

Tesla Tiles To Slide Down Under

Elon Musk is about to reshape the solar panel industry with these beautiful roof tiles Tesla Inc Solar Glass Roof Tiles Go On Sale Today
Jo Caldwell | 18 May, 2017, 16:46

Have you been waiting impatiently to place your order for a Tesla Solar Roof, the innovative new product that uses glass tiles with solar cells embedded in them in place of conventional rooftop solar panels (or conventional roof tiles)? They're a tiny bit late, but Musk tweeted that orders will be open this Wednesday in the U.S (today for us). However, there has been a slight delay. Apparently, the company has already begun receiving $1,000 deposits for the solar roof and has confirmed that it will continue taking online orders.

The company will start shipping and installation of solar roofs later this year in the US and in 2018 for other countries.

Installations for Solar Roof are set to begin this year in the U.S., while Tesla expects installations in other countries will begin in 2018. "Tuscan and French Slate in about six months", Musk said.

Homeowners can order a roof that is a mix of partial tempered-glass solar tiles and non-solar tiles, with the idea being that the roof can be customized to an owner's need. "Solar power going to a stationary battery pack so you have power at night, and then charging an electric vehicle you can scale that to all the world's demand". They're part of the company's strategy to sell an integrated suite of products-cars, batteries, solar panels-that will power homes and businesses with renewable energy.

Tesla said it expects the product to be popular in locations beyond where its SolarCity subsidiary now operates, and plans to expand installation crews accordingly.

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Last fall, Musk said his roofs may be cheaper to manufacture and install than a traditional roof, noting, "Electricity is just a bonus".

However, not all homes are suited to solar panels, says Futurism.

A standard solar panel setup could cost about 30 percent less than the Tesla system, Bloomberg reports. There is so far no official word from Tesla if solar roof tiles will be launched in India, but if and when it does, electric mobility in India stands to benefit from it.

Users can customise the amount of energy generated through using a mix of solar and non-solar tiles, which look indistinguishable.

Tesla reported that energy generation and storage revenue rose $191.2 million, or 841% in the quarter ended March 31, compared with the same period a year earlier. Tesla is very confident about their product and has announced a lifetime warranty it for the buyers.

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