Tesla to roll our Solar Roof shingles
September 10, 2017
Electric-vehicle producer Tesla is rolling out its new Solar Roof shingles in Canada by 2018, but pre-orders are now being accepted.
Integrated into a home’s Tesla Powerwall battery, the Solar Roof gathers and stores solar energy throughout the day to be used at a later date, even during power outages.
A typical homeowner can expect to pay approximately $30 per square foot for Solar Roof tiles but Tesla says that they will reduce an electricity bill and effectively “pay for themselves” over time.
The Solar Roof uses solar and non-solar tiles, which look identical to tiling seen on regular homes. Customers can purchase as many tiles as they need, depending on their average energy consumption. For example, those that charge electric vehicles on a daily basis will be able to purchase more tiles accordingly.
Ontario Solar Installers (OSI) said the Tesla Solar Roof tiles “look like the first major step forward in solar roofing since its introduction.”
“Tesla products are not just shingles. They mimic the look of slate or tile roof and all eyewitness reports agree they are indistinguishable from other high-end roofing products.”
Specific details about the Tesla Solar Roof are yet to be revealed, but experts are speculating that the solar tiles will be delivered in pre-assembled sections, eliminating the need to make individual electrical connections on the roof.
OSI estimates it would take more than 11 years for the Tesla Solar Roof to pay for itself in energy savings.