Tesla Solar Panels were recently shown at a launch party in Los Angeles where Elon Musk discussed what could be the future of solar roof tiles.
Unlike normal solar panels, these new solar roof tiles look great on your home! Four styles are listed on the Tesla web site as samples of what could be introduced to the marketplace as early as next Summer.
Tesla Solar Panels
The four types of solar tiles currently being shown by Tesla are:
Tuscan Glass Tile
Slate Glass Tile
Textured Glass Tile
Smooth Glass Tile
I love the look of the Tesla tiles and can see them fitting well in the Phoenix marketplace. Please note; they have not singled out Phoenix as their main market. I simply mention it because this is where the Phoenix Real Estate Guy sells homes!
The sun provides more than enough energy in just one hour to supply our planet’s energy needs for an entire year. Your home can capture this free, abundant energy source through rooftop solar tiles, turning sunlight into electricity for immediate use or storage in a Powerwall battery. – Tesla Solar
Take a look at this video below. Elon Musk explains his vision for what will be the future of solar power on the rooftops of our homes. At one point, he equates the recent advancements in electric cars to where we are going with rooftop solar. He mentions the goal of having solar roofs that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, are better insulation and have an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity.
While we are early in this game, the technology appears to be rapidly improving. At the unveiling, Musk also introduced the Tesla Powerwall 2 which can help power your home and your Tesla car / SUV in a much more environmentally friendly future.
“This is sort of the integrated future. An electric car, a Powerwall and a solar roof. The key is it needs to be beautiful, affordable and seamlessly integrated.” Elon Musk
Many Questions Remain:
While everything looks awesome, it sounds like we still have a lot of moving parts that must align before we start seeing mass production of solar roof tiles here in Phoenix or anywhere else in the world.
Tesla and Solar City seem to be looking for the best way to bring production under one roof. But, there’s the elusive cost equation that must be answered, as well.
The whole, “less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity” thing will need to be answered, for sure. For instance, how does the “cost of electricity” get factored in? Are we going to see people purchasing solar tiles or are we going to see lease agreements similar to what we have seen on many other home systems in the past?
Previously, when people have been looking to replace the roof on their homes, they never had to think much about the fiscal and environmental benefits of what these Tesla solar panels bring to the table. Peter Rive from Solar City said the solar roofs could easily have a 5% share of the new roof market in a year or two. If true, a LOT of people will be doing the math very soon.
More to come! We’ll be writing much more about this topic in the future as we’re pretty big Tesla fans here at the Phoenix Real Estate Guy. Watch for more Tesla Solar articles coming soon!