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Tesla Begins Taking Orders For Its Solar Energy Roof Tile Systems

14 May 2017, 02:15 | Ruby West

Tesla just opened up orders for its Solar Roof - here's how much it will cost you

Some Elon Musk supporters have been disappointed that the Tesla CEO a leader in the clean tech industry has not stepped forward to criticize proposed cuts to the EPA and other environmental programs

Installations will begin next month in the USA, starting with California.

The company recently announced it's taking orders for a new solar energy project.

The firm highlights independent consumer analysis estimating a solar roof on an average size USA home would need to cost less than $24.50 per square foot to be cost competitive with a regular roof.

The calculator uses information like the size of the roof, the average local price of electricity, and how much sunlight a neighborhood receives throughout the year to determine the price. The company offers a 30-year warranty for other aspects of the system, such as the tiles' power output and the system's ability to prevent leaks. Customers can select how many solar tiles they need based on their home's electricity consumption. Tesla's estimate of $21.85 per square foot for its Solar Roof is based on 35% of the tiles being solar. But the reality is that there is something potentially more sinister going on in Tesla's solar operations.

As shown in the graph below, the cost of the non-solar tiles is comparable to regular roofing tiles.Although the cost of our solar tiles is more expensive up front, it can be more than offset by the value of energy the tiles produce. The difference in upfront cost is still quite large, leaving it out of reach for those without high incomes, but over time Tesla's energy package is more cost-effective. "I think the aesthetics are really that good".

The first two styles to be released of four styles that have thus far been shown of the glass tiles are "black glass smooth" and "textured".

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.

Tesla, of course, acquired SolarCity in a deal worth $2.1 billion in November 2016, shortly after it revealed the solar shingles. Its prices can easily handle the competition at the market and it completely matches Elon Musk's idea of the big unification of his ambitions in the clean energy. Instead of doing door-to-door sales for its solar roof, Tesla is moving its solar roofing sales into its EV auto stores.

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