Tesla solar roof: DETAILS, FEATURES, PICTURES


elon musk solar roofTesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the solar roof at an October event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.TeslaConsidering Tesla’s recent Model 3 handover party, it’s not all that surprising that the focus of Wednesday’s earnings call was production for the company’s first mass-market sedan.

Still, it was also the first earnings report since Tesla started accepting orders in May for its new solar roof — and Tesla was relatively hush about the new product.

A Tesla spokesperson said the solar roof is sold out well into 2018, but declined to provide exact order numbers.

Tesla is selling the solar roof tiles and traditional solar panels after acquiring SolarCity in November as part of a $2.1-billion deal. The new roof has been successfully installed on employees’ homes, Tesla said during on the earnings call.

Here’s what we do know about Tesla’s solar roof:


Tesla will eventually offer four types of shingles to match different housing aesthetics in an effort to get homeowners to ditch clunky solar-panel add-ons in favor of a beautiful roof. Only two shingles are currently available, but the others will be up for grabs in 2018.

Tesla will eventually offer four types of shingles to match different housing aesthetics in an effort to get homeowners to ditch clunky solar-panel add-ons in favor of a beautiful roof. Only two shingles are currently available, but the others will be up for grabs in 2018.

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Here you see Tesla’s textured-glass option, which is one of the four options that customers can currently order.

Here you see Tesla's textured-glass option, which is one of the four options that customers can currently order.

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See how it shimmers?

See how it shimmers?

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Tesla tucked the solar cells behind the glass …

Tesla tucked the solar cells behind the glass ...

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… and in doing so, you can’t really tell the roof has solar cells. That’s the crux of Tesla’s solar-roof vision: to create something that’s both aesthetically appealing and efficient.

... and in doing so, you can't really tell the roof has solar cells. That's the crux of Tesla's solar-roof vision: to create something that's both aesthetically appealing and efficient.

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Musk originally said that the solar roof will likely cost less than a traditional roof, even before factoring in the price of electricity. But the company back-peddled slightly on that promise.

Musk originally said that the solar roof will likely cost less than a traditional roof, even before factoring in the price of electricity. But the company back-peddled slightly on that promise.

“It’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account,” Musk said in October.Tesla

The solar roof will likely be more expensive than a normal roof, but owners can expect savings on their electric bill. Not to mention getting a roof that lasts much longer than a traditional one.

The solar roof will likely be more expensive than a normal roof, but owners can expect savings on their electric bill. Not to mention getting a roof that lasts much longer than a traditional one.

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Installing a slate tile roof on a 3,000-square-foot home typically costs $45,000, according to Consumer Reports. As mentioned earlier, installing Tesla’s solar roof on the same home will cost roughly $65,000.

You can get a more comprehensive price breakdown here.

Tesla’s smooth glass tile, the second tile available for order, is meant to offer a more modern look.

Tesla's smooth glass tile, the second tile available for order, is meant to offer a more modern look.

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Unlike the textured-glass tile, the smooth glass tile seen here was designed so you could see the solar cells from certain angles.

Unlike the textured-glass tile, the smooth glass tile seen here was designed so you could see the solar cells from certain angles.

“From the vantage point of the street or anywhere near the house it looks completely opaque, but to the sun it’s transparent,” Musk said.Tesla

Remy Labesque, Tesla’s industrial designer, has installed the smooth glass option on his home, pictured here.

Remy Labesque, Tesla's industrial designer, has installed the smooth glass option on his home, pictured here.

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Musk has been emphasizing the importance of competing on an aesthetic level when it comes to the new solar product.

Musk has been emphasizing the importance of competing on an aesthetic level when it comes to the new solar product.

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“When you have this done, you will have the best looking house in the neighborhood,” Musk said Wednesday. “I think the aesthetics are really that good.”

"When you have this done, you will have the best looking house in the neighborhood," Musk said Wednesday. "I think the aesthetics are really that good."

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In October, Musk seemed most excited about Tesla’s French slate tile, saying the style is “one of the hardest things to do.” This photo gives you a nice look at the solar cell hidden in the tile. The French slate option, however, won’t be available for order until 2018.

In October, Musk seemed most excited about Tesla's French slate tile, saying the style is "one of the hardest things to do." This photo gives you a nice look at the solar cell hidden in the tile. The French slate option, however, won't be available for order until 2018.

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“My roof is a French slate roof, that’s one of the tile styles I wanted to do,” Musk said in October. “And we were able to get that. Super hard.”

"My roof is a French slate roof, that’s one of the tile styles I wanted to do," Musk said in October. "And we were able to get that. Super hard.”

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Musk has said that each French slate tile was made using a process known as hydrographic coloring, which uses water to apply printed designs.

Musk has said that each French slate tile was made using a process known as hydrographic coloring, which uses water to apply printed designs.

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“The production process itself makes each tile especially unique, it’s sort of a special snowflake tile,” Musk said during last year’s unveiling.

"The production process itself makes each tile especially unique, it’s sort of a special snowflake tile," Musk said during last year's unveiling.

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Tesla’s hydrographic process is being overseen by a brand-new Tesla glass-tech division. The process uses techniques from the automotive-glass business.

Tesla's hydrographic process is being overseen by a brand-new Tesla glass-tech division. The process uses techniques from the automotive-glass business.

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You can read more about Tesla’s new glass division here.

Lastly, Tesla’s Tuscan glass tile. The roof shown at the event wasn’t exclusively made up of Tesla’s Tuscan tile. Instead, only the darker tiles seen here come with the solar cells. Like the French slate tile, the Tuscan option won’t be available until 2018.

Lastly, Tesla's Tuscan glass tile. The roof shown at the event wasn't exclusively made up of Tesla's Tuscan tile. Instead, only the darker tiles seen here come with the solar cells. Like the French slate tile, the Tuscan option won't be available until 2018.

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You can only see the solar cell if you look at the Tuscan tile from a specific angle.

You can only see the solar cell if you look at the Tuscan tile from a specific angle.

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Deliveries and installations of the textured glass and smooth glass tile options will begin in the US before the end of 2017, Tesla has said. Installations will begin in 2018 for customers in other countries, like the United Kingdom and Australia.

Deliveries and installations of the textured glass and smooth glass tile options will begin in the US before the end of 2017, Tesla has said. Installations will begin in 2018 for customers in other countries, like the United Kingdom and Australia.

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The solar roof tiles are very durable. In fact, you can walk on the tiles the same way you would with regular asphalt shingles, Musk has said.

Musk said in October that the solar-glass tiles can incorporate heating elements to clear snow while generating energy. He said it wouldn’t be energy intensive to melt the snow, but “strongly net positive.”

Musk said in October that the solar-glass tiles can incorporate heating elements to clear snow while generating energy. He said it wouldn't be energy intensive to melt the snow, but "strongly net positive."

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Tesla and Panasonic will produce the solar cells for the tiles at a plant in Buffalo, New York at the end of the year.

Tesla and Panasonic will produce the solar cells for the tiles at a plant in Buffalo, New York at the end of the year.

Tesla said in May that installations will begin in the US at the end of the year.Tesla

Musk’s solar roof is one of several energy products Tesla is offering now that it has merged with SolarCity.

Musk's solar roof is one of several energy products Tesla is offering now that it has merged with SolarCity.

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Tesla also sells Powerwall 2, its at-home battery, and Powerpack 2, its commercial battery.

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