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Tesla is now selling Elon Musk's revolutionary solar roof

The Property Addict / Luxury Lifestyle

May 15 2017

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Roughly nine months ago, Elon Musk spoke to reporters about his plans to revolutionize the use of solar power on rooftops. At that time, Musk stated that this transformation began with the company he owned, Tesla, buying SolarCity, the largest solar energy provider in America, for $2.6 billion. Since then, investors and the general public were eager to learn what this all meant for their homes, the environment, and perhaps most importantly, their pocket books. It was recently announced that Tesla has begun taking orders for its new solar roof. As exciting as that is, it's not the only news. In the months leading up to the announcement, many analysts were predicting Tesla's solar roofs would cost so much that they'd price themselves out of the marketplace. It appears that will not be the case. Each solar tile will cost about $42 per square foot, which is cheaper than traditional solar panels with shingles on top (which have been in use for years). Yet, since Tesla's roof will require more tiles than other solar installations, it might cost a bit higher overall. The company hopes customers will overlook the slight increase in cost, for a sleeker looking design, one that comes with a lifetime guarantee as well as durability unseen in the solar roof market to date. Each order, which can be handled through Tesla's website, began with a $1,000 deposits for two of four options: a smooth black glass as well as textured-glass roof tiles. From almost every angle, the roof would appear completely traditional. It's not until a very close inspection that a viewer could discern the glass that allows light to pass through to solar cells embedded beneath. And for any concerns these glass roofs will be unable to withstand the elements, Tesla created a video showing their product being shot at with hail at an incredible speed. Point being, Tesla's solar roof holds up much better than other solar roofs in the market, which, shown in the center and far right of the video, shatter and fall apart during intense hail storms. Tesla says each tile can be fitted with heating elements to melt snow and ice in during colder months, which could cause an impediment to sun reaching through to the solar cells. The reason the cost of the tiles is so important is because it distinguishes whether Tesla's solar roof would be a product merely for the uber wealthy in the world. Or, would it be a fixture that all residents can potentially enjoy. Much like the difference in a Tesla Model X P100D ($135k) and a Tesla Model 3 ($35k), the brand is actively trying to be one for all consumers. With the goal of full transparency, Telsa has even created a calculator that will show not only the amount the instillation will cost, but how much tax credit you will amass, as well as the energy you will create in thirty years. [caption id="attachment_5567" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Tesla's four solar roof options include (from left to right): Terracotta, Slate, Smooth, Textured (photos courtesy of Tesla). Tesla's four solar roof options include (from left to right): Terracotta, Slate, Smooth, Textured (photos courtesy of Tesla).[/caption] With the solar roofs starting to hit the market, Tesla's ultimate plan is to create a three part unification between the sun, our homes, and our cars. That will happen by running your home through solar power generated from the roof, which will be stored in a slim battery, and then used to run your car each day. "These are really the three legs of the stool for a sustainable energy future," Musk said in a conference call with reporters this week. "Solar power going to a stationary battery pack so you have power at night, and then charging an electric vehicle "¦ you can scale that to all the world's demand." This weeks announcement could very well prove that for Tesla, a company already synonymous with innovation, the future may well be very bright. The first installations will begin in the U.S. this June, while orders from other countries are being accepted for 2018.   Nick Mafi, Architectural Digest

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