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Tesla's Solar Roof Construction Tile Now Available

Car company's new construction product turns home into a personal utility

May 11, 2017

Fans of Tesla's automobiles can now have a Tesla on their roof.

In Wednesday's blog post, Tesla announced their new solar roof tiles are available for pre-order.

The company's blog says, "Solar energy has always been part of our master plan, and we recognized the need for a roof that is simultaneously affordable, durable, beautiful and integrated with battery storage."

The tlles and Tesla's integrated Powerwall collected energy during the day and stores it to make it available any time, effectively turning a home into a personal utility, according to the compay. Solar energy can be generated, stored and used day and night, providing uninterrupted power even if the grid goes down.

The roof systems uses two types of tiles, both solar and non-solar, that are visually identical. Buildings that anticiapate using more electricity over the course of the day can customize their roof tiles to include more solar tiles for heavier demand or fewer solar tiles for light demand.

The company estimates a residential customer can expect to pay $2.85 per square foot for the solar roof tiles, which is about $2.65 or 11 percent less than the average cost of standard slate or clay roof tiles. This is in line with a 2016 Consumer Reports study that evaluated the ROI of installing a solar roof.

The installation cost of a Tesla roof doesn't come in cheap but the company's Solar Roof calculator  shows how tax credits and the value of the energy the tiles produce make it an option within the range of consideration.

The Tesla calculator provide these figures for a 2,200 square foot home in the Midwest:

On Tesla's blog site, the company also compares the square foot costs to other roofing materials such as asphalt or metal. Tesla offers a 30-year warranty on the system and four styles - smooth, textured, Tuscan and slate.

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