Late Friday (Oct. 28) Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla and SolarCity solar roof, in not one, but four unique styles, which are designed to look like traditional roofing. At the same time, he unveiled the Tesla Powerwall 2, its integrated inverter and energy storage system. The systems are designed to make solar homes look indistinguishable from other homes in a neighborhood.
“We want it to look better, last longer, provide better installation and cost less, all things considered, than a conventional roof,” Musk said while introducing the new products. “Building a new house or you’re redoing a roof this is the way to go. If you have a new roof you’d want to put solar panels on that roof.”
“It needs to be beautiful, affordable and seamlessly integrated. If all those things are true why would you go any other direction?” Musk said.
To that end, he introduced four new styles of rooftop solar tiles: a Textured Glass Tile, a Slate Glass Tile, a Tuscan Glass Tile and a Smooth Glass Tile. The tiles use a color louver film that allows the cells in the tiles to blend into a roof from most viewing angles, but from above they are exposed to the sun. They are covered with tempered glass, creating a solar roof with high-performance solar cells without sacrificing efficiency significantly. Pricing for the new solar roof was not announced. The first offerings will be in California and will start in 2017.
“Customers can choose which sections of their roof will contain the hidden solar technology while still having the entire roof look the same,” Tesla said on its site of the new panels. “These new roofs will seamlessly and beautifully supply renewable energy to homes, battery storage systems and back into the grid creating savings for owners. When combined with Tesla Powerwall, the solar roof can power an entire home with 100 percent renewable energy.”
Pricing for the new 14-kilowatt hour Powerwall 2 is set at $5,500 and includes an inverter for the system. The first generation of the Powerwall was smaller, with the largest offering being the 10 kilowatt-hour system. The new Powerwall system is slated for production in December 2016.Tweet