The new game-changing Tesla Solar Roof is now available, and you’re going to want to see it for yourself. Elon Musk has taken his signature combination of style and energy-efficiency that we’ve seen in the Tesla cars, and brought it to new solar roof tiles. These gorgeous tiles are not your average solar panel.Gone will be the days of big ugly black boxes sitting on roofs. Rather than drilling metal racks into shingles and mounting modules into place, Tesla’s Solar Roof simplifies the equation. Why build on top of shingles, when you can transform roof tiles into high-efficiency solar panels themselves?
These tiles are virtually invisible from the street, so you don’t have to compromise the style of your home in order to have renewable energy.
The tiles come in 4 different color and style options to match your existing roof.
Their appearance might be subtle, but the power is anything but. Would you expect anything less from Tesla?
They’re using the latest technology in these tiles, and estimate homeowners will be able to get one-third of their power from their roof alone.
Now you’re probably wondering – how much will it cost? Tesla has not released prices yet, and experts are predicting it will be more expensive than traditional solar panels. But considering the serious upgrade in aesthetics, it might be worth it. Especially if you’re hoping to sell your home in the future.
Tesla predicts that their Solar Roof system will actually cost less than building a new traditional roof when you factor in your utility savings. Other solar panel systems save about $2,250 a year in energy costs, so the Solar Roof could pay for itself in just a few years.
Between the energy savings, the environmental impact, and the obvious aesthetic bonus, it’s easy to get on board with Tesla’s Solar Roof.
Tesla recently announced the actual cost of the roof. According to Tesla’s handy solar calculator, the new system will set an average homeowner back $51,200 for a 70% solar roof. The company also recommends purchasing the additional, but optional, Powerwall battery to store all that new energy at $7,000, bringing the grand total of installation to $58,200.
For the 70% solar roof, homeowners may be looking at a tax credit of $15,900, while a 40% solar home can expect a $10,000 credit. The company also explained that over 30 years, a 70% solar roof will generate $73,500, meaning a homeowner could net profit $31,200 over 30 years. Tesla is also offering a lifetime guarantee, so you don’t need to pay to replace your roof every 20 years like traditional homes.
If you’re sold, the solar roof is now available to order.
Posted on 06.13.17