Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Business | By Jorge Reeves

Tesla's new Solar Roof comes with a warranty that lasts forever (TSLA)

Tesla's new Solar Roof comes with a warranty that lasts forever (TSLA)

Tesla's new solar roof tiles, a sleek alternative to solar panels for those seeking to power their homes through solar energy, have hit the market, the company's CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday.

The company announced its solar roof project a year ago, aiming to deliver a solid alternative to regular roofing solutions.

Tesla is trying to be fully upfront with the costs involved with the help of a cost calculator.

"Solar Roof complements a home's architecture while turning sunlight into electricity", the company said in a blog post. A home that also charges an electric vehicle frequently will require more solar tiles, for example.

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

Consumer Reports said it factored in about $2,000 in annual savings in more favorable solar markets, like California, Texas and North Carolina.

The actual roof tiles would come with a structural "infinite" warranty, while the energy generation would only be under warranty for 30 years.

"I think it will be great", the billionaire tweeted. But is it right for you? More information followed later, with Musk giving us an idea of just what to expect when pre-orders actually become available. However, deployment to customers' homes will start this year in the USA, and next year overseas.

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A Solar Roof is now available for pre-order on the Tesla website and while it'll be installed in the United States first, other countries like Australia can still pre-order now and have it installed in 2018. "But it's the only sensible vision of the future", Musk said. However, the cost will be offset by the value of energy the tiles produce, Tesla claims. Musk figures most people will have about 40 percent of their roofs covered in active solar tiles, more than double the energy production of a typical solar roof.

The price has not been released, although it's expected to be substantially higher than a traditional roof with solar panels. Users simply need to choose the number of solar panels that their house requires. The idea is you can have enough solar panels for your needs and then have cheaper normal tiles, that look identical, to fill up the rest of your roof area.

"It will be very hard and it will take a long time, and there will be some stumbles along the way".

A Tesla promotional image of a home fitted with solar roof tiles.

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