Tesla Solar Roof – Turning Sunlight into Electricity

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Gone are the days when household-roofs are used to protect you from sunlight, rain, thunderstorm, and other natural calamities. Now the concept of an integrated solar glass shingle – the Tesla Solar Roof – is on everyone’s mind.

Tesla’s Solar Roof complements your home’s architecture while turning sunlight into electricity. With an integrated Powerwall battery, energy collected during the day is stored and made available any time, effectively turning your home into a personal utility. Glass solar tiles are so durable they are warrantied for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.

The Tesla solar roof is a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product that takes the functionality of solar panels and integrates it into roof shingles. A home with a Tesla shingles installed would have both a protective and complete roof and the capacity to generate solar energy, but without installing solar panels as well. Solar shingles like Tesla’s product alleviate the common concern about aesthetics held by property owners. By installing the Tesla solar roof, you don’t have to install solar panels to generate electricity, which some property owners find visually unappealing. The cost of a Tesla solar tile installation remains largely unknown.

Invisible Solar Cells

Customize the amount of electricity your Solar Roof produces to fit your energy needs. This feature is made possible by using two types of glass tile, solar tile and non-solar tile. Both appear the same from street level.

Infinite Tile Warranty

Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. That’s why we offer the best warranty in the industry – the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first. Watch our hail test video to see how we take durability to a whole new level.

Off-Grid Reliability

Solar Roof integrates with the Powerwall home battery, allowing you to use solar energy whenever you choose and providing uninterrupted electricity during grid outages. Initial trial installations are complete and customer installations are underway with plans to ramp up in 2018. When Solar Roof is rolled out in a particular market, Solar Roof customers will be installed based on when their order was placed.

Warranty and Specs – Tesla Solar Roof

  • Tile warranty Infinity, or the lifetime of your house, whichever comes first

  • Power warranty 30 years
  • Weatherization warranty 30 years
  • Roof Pitch 3:12 to vertical
  • Hail rating Class 4 ANSI FM 4473 (best hail rating)
  • Wind rating Class F ASTM D3161 (best wind rating)
  • Fire rating Class A UL 790 (best fire rating)

Value of energy

The value of energy your Solar Roof is expected to produce over 30 years is based on the average price of electricity in your area, adjusted for inflation by 2% annually. Your ability to realize the full value depends on your home’s electricity usage, amount of energy storage available, and utility regulations on solar in your area. Electricity price estimates are sourced from the Energy Information Administration and solar production estimates are based on irradiance data from NASA.


Final Thought

Regardless of what its price would be, the Tesla solar roof is a premium roof product with additional solar electricity-generating benefits. The best candidates for a Tesla solar roof (rather than standard rooftop solar panels) are homeowners who prioritize roof durability and aesthetics, rather than up-front cost or maximizing long-term electricity savings.


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