While solar energy is not something the powers in charge want taking over making the switch would be a big deal in regards to doing better for the environment. While right now Tesla’s solar roof tiles are a bit pricey eventually even the average Joe will be able to afford them.
These solar roof tiles were launched back in 2017 they didn’t go into production in the ways most would have expected. Right now they are still limited to the homes of very few but according to Elon Musk has revealed as time passes these solar roof tiles will be less expensive than they currently are and be the same cost as a shingle roof and electric bill. Sure, that might sound a little crazy but it is quite true.
According to Electrek, Musk shared all of this information at Tesla’s 2019 shareholder’s meeting and noted that the company was completing a third version of the Tesla solar roof. While it has taken longer than expected to get things rolling properly, they are on the right track it seems. As the company becomes more and more confident public anticipation grows.
“I am very excited about version 3 of the solar roof. We have a shot at being equal to a comp shingle roof plus someone’s utility cost or being lower than that. That’s one of the cheapest roofs available. So you can have a great roof with better economics than a normal fairly cheap roof and your utility bill.”
Considering this product comes with a lifetime house warranty and 30-year power generation guaranteed, roughly $21.85 per square foot is quite reasonable. This all having been said the area in which you live might vary in regards to averages. Version 3 will use different materials than previous versions and be much easier to install as a result.
The solar glass roof is already available to order with some installations underway, Musk said, adding that Tesla has the goal of getting to 1,000 roofs installed per week as quickly as possible. But he said Tesla would not be producing at that rate for at least several months.
Tesla’s earlier attempts to deliver glass Solar Roof tiles sputtered. The roofs have not been mass-produced or distributed yet. Explaining the slow start for the product, Musk said:
“One of the things that’s obviously delayed Tesla solar in general, for 18-24 months we had to focus the entire co. on the Model 3 ramp. We stripped resources from Solar for 1 and a half years thereabouts. We had to make model 3 work or Tesla wouldn’t exist. Now that Model 3 is a relatively smooth operation, we have been able to redirect resources towards solar and stationary storage.”
The webcast follows a blockbuster third-quarter earnings call for Tesla where Musk announced:
“One last item is that tomorrow afternoon, we will be releasing Version 3 of the Tesla Solar Roof. That’s integrated with – the solar panels integrated with the roof. So that’s – I think this is a great product. Version 1 and 2 we were still sort of figuring things out. Version 3 I think is finally ready for the big time. And so, we’re scaling our production of the Version 3 solar tower roof at our Buffalo Gigafactory. And I think this product is going to be incredible.”
What do you think about all of this? Would you opt for a solar roof it was affordable? I for one think this is a very interesting and crucial thing that we’re being presented and can only hope it becomes as widespread as it deserves.