Tesla's Solar Roof Is Finally Ready For You to Buy

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Tesla is now in the business of selling solar roof tiles.

Installations in the United States will be carried out by Tesla's SolarCity arm however there is no indication as to how UK installs will be conducted, or whether installers will be able to purchase the roof tiles from Tesla directly.

What's innovative about the roofs is they do not look like added-on solar panels, but rather replace and serve as shingles or tiles for a discrete and aesthetically pleasing look that also stands to mark down or eliminate an electric bill.

Above Tesla 2016 unit sales growth versus competitors
Above Tesla 2016 unit sales growth versus competitors

The arrival of the solar tiles of Tesla is precise and we can already order them.

According to the Tesla's website calculator, roofing a 2,000 square-foot home in NY state, with 40 percent coverage of active solar tiles and battery backup for night-time use, would cost about $50,000 after federal tax credits, and generate $64,000 in energy over 30 years. However, there has been a slight delay.

United Kingdom customers can however pre-order tiles using the GB-facing Tesla Energy website.

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The first two Tesla solar roof tile models to start shipping are the black glass smooth and textured, with the Tuscan and French Slate models set to become available in roughly six months.

"When you have this installed on your house you will have the best-looking roof in the neighborhood", Musk said, according to USA Today. Taking all that into account reduces the cost of a new roof to close to that of a conventional roof, assuming it lasts 30 years. The solar tiles contain photovoltaic cells that are invisible from the street.

The system will feature solar-collecting tiles, not panels.

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"Although the cost of our solar tiles is more expensive up front, it can be more than offset by the value of energy the tiles produce", it said in its announcement made on Thursday. It also launched an online calculator so homeowners can understand the costs associated with a Solar Roof. When it comes to countries outside the US, Musk says that deployment will begin next year.

According to commentators, the cost of Tesla's solar roof will go a long way in determining whether it would remain a niche product for the wealthy or potentially unlock a residential solar market that had been slowing in the US.

Tesla is now accepting orders for its new solar roofs that it estimates will earn money for customers over the lifetime of their house.

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The "infinity" warranty covers the glass in the tiles, Tesla says.

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