Tesla has launched the third iteration of its solar roof roof for home use, which it officially detailed in a blog post on Friday and in a conversation with the media. Tesla CEO Elon Musk started the conversation with some explanatory notes about the V3 Solar Roof, and then raised a number of questions. The company says it will start installations in the next few weeks (Musk says some installations have already started), and that it hopes to ramp production to as many as 1,000 new roofs per week.
Tesla's sunroof roof – designed to look like regular roof tiles when installed in a house while operating as solar panels to generate electricity ̵
The Tesla Solar Roof website now includes a price calculation, showing $ 42,500 as the total price of the average 2,000 square foot house, with 10kW of solar panels. It also lists $ 33,950 as the price after a $ 8,550 federal tax incentive. You can also enter your address and get an updated estimate that takes into account local costs and incentives, and add any Powerwalls (with wood as standard for a 2,000 square foot roof).
"The solar glass roof cannot be economically reasonable for someone who has a relatively new roof, because this in itself is a roof, which has integrated solar energy production," Musk explained. He went on to note that Tesla has managed with this version three product to achieve a price point that is "less than what the average roof costs, plus the solar panels" that you want to put on top of that roof.
how to install it effectively is very little trivial. And we're going to have […] 'installathons', "said Musk, who will pit two teams against each other to see who can roof one of two roofs of similar size / designed faster. Musk later reiterated that there is "pretty much R&D just in the installation process itself."
Musk also said that while it is hiring and training specialized installers to begin with, the plan is to eventually extend installations to all third-party contractors as we like. During the conversation, he and the Tesla team discussed how they focused on getting the installation time down to where it is faster than installing traditional shingles, plus solar panels on top of it. Musk added that his ultimate goal is to install the sun glass tiles even faster than comparative shingles. This is a significant change from version two of the sunroof, Musk said later.
"We will make installations as soon as possible, from the next few weeks," Musk said of availability, adding that the goal is to "get to 1,000 ceilings per week" once in "the next few months."
A report from CNBC from September 2018 found that Tesla had still not performed many actual installations of the sunroof roof, despite the two-year gap between the announcement and the date of their investigation, and a January announcement about the start of sunroof roof production at Tesla's Buffalo-based Gigafactory. During the company's annual general meeting in June, Musk said the third iteration of the tile was being worked on, and although he did not detail the actual number of installations, he said they were operating in eight different states across the United States at the time.
Musk addressed some of the production delays to date and addressed the complexity of previous generations, but also cited the Tesla Model 3 production ramp, which he said "really removed solar energy resources for a year and a half. "Now that the Model 3 production is in a good place, Musk said it has blocked some of the company's ability to focus on this challenge.
The total addressable market that Musk sees for this product is somewhere in the order of 100 million houses around the world, and Musk emphasized that the company actually intends to make this available worldwide.
While it was launched it will only be an available look or Solar Roof, Tesla CEO also said the company will roll out further variants as quickly as possible, including tiles similar to clay and other alternatives.
The tiles and roof installation have a 25-year warranty, so m includes their protective weather weather (including 130 MPH wind resistance) and their power generation capability. Balance gives the roof more energy than roofs of similar size, equipped with traditional tiles, but individually the tile's power-gathering cells are less energy efficient than a traditional solar cell. However, Solar Roof provides better performance because it covers more surface of a home.