Elon Musk Already Installed Tesla Solar Roof

first_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Stay on target Less than a year after unveiling its integrated solar roofing solution, Tesla has completed its first product installations—on employee homes.Installations at the homes of Tesla co-founders Elon Musk and JB Straubel—the first Solar Roof customers—are already generating energy.Unlike most solar-powered houses today, which feature slabs of paneling, Tesla’s glass tiles (available in four conventional-looking designs) are conceived to look indistinguishable from traditional roofing materials.“Adopting solar has historically required a degree of aesthetic compromise,” the company said in its second quarter earnings update. “But Solar Roof provides clean energy from a better-looking roof.”Tuscan Solar Roof (via Tesla)And, in most cases, it’s more affordable: “It ultimately pays for itself by reducing or eliminating a home’s electricity bill,” Tesla promised, supporting its claim with a warranty for the lifetime of the house, “or infinity, whichever comes first.”(Power and weatherization warranties, meanwhile, are good for 30 years.)Pricing depends on house square footage and what portion of the roof you want covered; the estimated cost includes materials, installation, and removal of the old covering. Add a recommended Powerwall battery for $5,500, plus supporting hardware.Textured Solar Roof (via Tesla)As soon as Tesla gives the thumbs up on its trial tiles, public installations will begin and are expected to gain steam through 2017, eventually reaching international customers.It’s been a busy week for Musk, who on Saturday launched the entry-level Model 3 electric vehicle.“Our teams are now focused on ramping the production rate of these products to support our mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy,” according to Tesla’s update.Slate Solar Roof (via Tesla)The firm is currently building pilot Solar Roof products at its Nevada facility, and plans to start production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo before the end of the year.“As the world’s only fully integrated sustainable energy company, Tesla is at the vanguard of the world’s inevitable shift toward a sustainable energy platform,” the industry titan said.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more