After being announced in 2016 the highly anticipated Tesla Solar Roof is finally coming to rooftops. The Solar Roof is highly anticipated because its photovoltaics are designed to look exactly like existing rooftop tiles and are available in multiple styles.
Tesla has claimed the roof should cost less than installing a new roof and solar power. It also carries an infinity warrantee. Tesla’s site says they will last for: “Infinity, or the lifetime of your house, whichever comes first.”
Since Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the announcement in 2016 only a handful of the rooftops were installed on the homes of Tesla executives, including Musk’s. But Reuters reported that Tesla and Panasonic began manufacturing the cells and tiles at the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, NY, last month.
However, as early as Aug. 31 Tesla announced that the Gigafactory had started producing modules at the facility and had hired on hundreds of people. At that time Musk told the Associated Press that: “By the end of this year we will have the ramp-up of solar roof modules started in a substantial way. This is an interim milestone that we’re pretty proud of.”
Now Reuters is reporting that the Gigafactory has about 500 employees
The facility also is making solar panels for Tesla’s SolarCity arm. It has begun producing those at the site as well, using solar cells it imported from its Asian factories, last year. Now the factory is starting to produce the cells in house. However, it has not starting installing panels one homes or businesses with the Buffalo-made solar cells yet.
The facility is expected to ramp up production throughout 2018 and by 2019 should be producing a gigawatt of modules by 2019, according to a December 2016 release explaining the partnership and plans for the facility.
If you haven’t already reserved them, and paid $1,000 for the reservation, don’t expect to get them soon as Tesla’s expected production is reportedly sold out well into 2018 already. However, you can still reserve the panels on Tesla’s site.Tweet