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Tesla's Highly Anticipated Solar Roof Tiles Hit The Market

13 May 2017, 01:15 | Cedric Leonard

Tesla's smooth glass tile. Tesla

Tesla's smooth glass tile.   Tesla

SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) will start installation of the Solar Roof in June, with California being the first market to get access to the new product, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced on Wednesday.

Tesla will soon begin selling solar roof tiles. From most viewing angles, they look just like ordinary shingles, but they allow light to pass through from above onto a standard flat solar cell. Thus they enable homeowners to harness energy from the sun all day without having to install any additional panels. However, there has been a slight delay.

Tesla glass solar roof tiles are up for pre-order today.

For those who've crunched the numbers and are ready to go solar, a $1,000 deposit can be made to secure an order on Tesla's website.

People can now order the smooth black glass shingles and the textured glass shingles for their Solar Roof.

"When you have this installed on your house you will have the best-looking roof in the neighborhood", Musk said. The roof would be eligible for a $15,500 federal tax credit and would generate an estimated $62,100 in electricity over 30 years. Pre-orders require a $1,000 deposit to join the pre-order list with and United States orders will begin to ship later this year (international orders will be sometime in 2018).

It has always been thought that Tesla's roof tiles will be flawless for Australian homes.

Tesla is guaranteeing its tiles for the lifetime of the house, and is confident after internal tests that compared its shingles to traditional roofing.

Should this turn out to be accurate and Tesla's solar roof tiles do indeed prove to be more affordable and durable than regular roof tiles, it should significantly boost the adoption of solar energy technology since affordability and reliability will likely appeal to the masses. In addition, Tesla shared new information on the tiles, including pricing and a calculator for prospective customers to calculate the cost of the roof, its installation, and the removal of their old roof. It was calculated on a roof in which 35% of tiles are solar (non-solar Tesla tiles cost less and look the same as Tesla's solar tiles). Taking all that into account reduces the cost of a new roof to close to that of a conventional roof, assuming it lasts 30 years.

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