When Will Tesla's Solar Roof be Available, and Should You Wait for It?


| 4/25/2017 1:01:00 PM


Tags: solar power, Massachusetts, EnergySage, Vikram Aggarwal,

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, has a well-earned reputation for creating innovative 21st-century products that combine attractive designs with exceptional performance – and generate high levels of consumer interest as a result. The latest Musk technology to make a splash is the Tesla solar roof, which he revealed to great fanfare in October 2016.

According to the company, Tesla will begin accepting on a waiting list for the solar roof in April. Tesla’s roof is now expected to reach homes before the end of 2017, leading many homeowners to wonder – is the Tesla solar roof worth waiting for, or should you install solar panels now?

It Depends on Your Priorities

Standard solar panel technologies are typically evaluated based on their performance, durability, and warranties. However, there are relatively few technical details available for Tesla’s solar roof shingles. Tesla has not revealed how efficiently the panels will generate power, what kind of warranty the company will offer, or how they will be installed.

The company has also claimed that their tiles are significantly stronger than a traditional roof tile, and even shared video footage during the launch to demonstrate their durability. That being said, Tesla hasn’t provided any information about durability or stress tests – standard information that is publicly available from most solar panel manufacturers.

One thing is for certain: Tesla solar roof shingles look great. The shingles, which are made of glass, come in four different patterns that have the look of a standard roof, with one key difference – they generate electricity for your home. The solar cell embedded in Tesla roof tiles isn’t visible from the street, unlike a traditional solar panel.




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