Tesla launches Solar Roof Tiles (Photos and Specs)


Sustainable energy company Tesla has announced that its revolutionary product Tesla Solar Roof tiles is now available for purchase.

Tesla founder Elon Musk made the announcement via his Twitter page.

“Tesla solar glass roof orders open this afternoon. I think it will be great,” he tweeted. “Solar roof can be ordered for almost any country. Deployment this year in the U.S and overseas next year,” he adds.

The first two styles of the Solar Roof – “Smooth” and “Textured” black glass – will be priced at about $21.85 per square foot.

Tesla launches Solar Roof Tiles (Photos and Specs) - Brand Spur

Solar Roof complements a home’s architecture while turning sunlight into electricity. With an integrated Powerwall, energy collected during the day is stored and made available any time, effectively turning a home into a personal utility. Solar energy can be generated, stored and used day and night, providing uninterrupted power even if the grid goes down.

Tesla launches Solar Roof Tiles (Photos and Specs) - Brand Spur

Solar Roof is more affordable than conventional roofs because in most cases, it ultimately pays for itself by reducing or eliminating a home’s electricity bill. Consumer Reports estimates that a Solar Roof for an average size U.S. home would need to cost less than $24.50 per square foot to be cost competitive with a regular roof. The cost of Solar Roof is less. The typical homeowner can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for Solar Roof,1 and benefit from a beautiful new roof that also increases the value of their home.

Solar Roof uses two types of tiles—solar and non-solar. Looking at the roof from street level, the tiles look the same. Customers can select how many solar tiles they need based on their home’s electricity consumption. For example, households that charge an electric vehicle every day may want more solar tiles on their roof.

“Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. That’s why we offer the best warranty in the industry – the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first. Watch our hail test video to see how we take durability to a whole new level.”

Hail Test Video: https://www.tesla.com/ns_videos/Hail_3up_Smooth_h264.m4v?20170509a

In doing our own research on the roofing industry, it became clear that roofing costs vary widely, and that buying a roof is often a worse experience than buying a car through a dealership. Initial contracts tend to be overly optimistic, and later customers face hidden costs that were never mentioned up front.

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At Tesla, we believe in transparency and putting the customer in control. That’s why we created a Solar Roof calculator that lets homeowners estimate the upfront price of Solar Roof, as well as the value of the energy it can generate for their home. The calculator is based on factors like roof size, the average local price of electricity, and how much sunlight a neighborhood receives throughout the year.

As shown in the graph below, the cost of our non-solar tiles is comparable to regular roofing tiles.2Although 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.3 In many cases, the reduction in a home’s electricity bill over time will be greater than the cost of the roof.Tesla launches Solar Roof Tiles (Photos and Specs) - Brand Spur
Design & Durability
Solar Roof will be available in a variety of designs, including Smooth and Textured (available this year) and Tuscan and Slate (available early 2018). Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles, yet half the weight. They do not degrade over time like asphalt or concrete. Solar Roof is the most durable roof available and the glass itself will come with a warranty for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.

Tesla launches Solar Roof Tiles (Photos and Specs) - Brand Spur

  • Tile warranty: Infinity, or the lifetime of your house, whichever comes first
  • Power warranty: 30 years
  • Weatherization warranty: 30 years
  • Roof Pitch: 3:12 to vertical
  • Hail rating: Class 4 FM 4473 (best hail rating)
  • Wind rating: Class F ASTM D3161 (best wind rating)
  • Fire rating: Class A UL 790 (best fire rating)
  • Glass Coating Standards: ASTM C1376EN 1096 (best in class reliability)
  • Availability
    Customers may place an order for Solar Roof today on the Tesla website. Installations of Solar Roof will begin in the U.S. this summer and we expect installations outside the U.S. to begin in 2018.