Tesla Solar Roof wants to redefine solar panels

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SimpleSysAdmin.info. I think Elon Musk is a man that never stop to have a new idea and innovation. Almost all his innovation can change the world, literally and figuratively. Recently Elon Musk with his Tesla Technology has big project to change the future of solar. Fully open in August, the Tesla solar roof is combines roof tiles that gather solar with regular tiles, build a flawless roof that stretches all the way across.


Tesla Solar Roof’s Cost

Traditional Solar Panel & Tesla Solar Roof
Traditional Solar Panel & Tesla Solar Roof

Doesn’t mean to offend anyone, Tesla solar roof not really far different from a traditional solar panel. Actually in many ways, it’s a bit worse. Because the Tesla solar roof is expensive and doesn’t produce as much electricity compared with regular panels. According to analysis result, a solar roof on a 3,000-square-foot home costs $25,000 and produces about 77 percent of the power.


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But the key draw is that the solar roof is the roof, and in those situations it may work out as a better deal to buy the solar roof over a roof with solar panels tacked on later. On average, the roof costs $21.85 per square foot. With the savings over the lifespan of the roof, it could prove to be a good deal.


Tesla Solar Roof  for long-term use

This is where the magic comes in. Tesla’s innovation on this front is to combine the roof with the panels, allowing consumers to blend the panels in and create a sturdy, long-lasting construction.

“This is a connector that has to last for more than 30 years,” Musk said during a call with journalists when the company announced the panels back in May. “It has to be weatherproof, heavy rain, snow, slush, salt, water leaking – it’s like connector hell.”

It’s not just 30 years the panels will last for. Tesla is offering a lifetime guarantee on the roof. Beyond the sturdy connectors, the tempered glass is around three times stronger than slate or asphalt, meaning they can take a serious beating before they break.


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“A lot of the challenges here leveraged some great learning from the Tesla team on validating automotive connectors and volume production processes,” JB Straubel, Tesla’s chief technology officer, said in the same call. “Tesla is building all these tiles ourselves – we are not outsourcing it. We have been able to solve those more complex design problems and hit those price points.”

Tesla used a lot of the expertise from SolarCity team members. The two officially merged last November, valuing the latter company at $2 billion.

“We designed the solar portion of the solar roof to be easier to install than regular solar,” Peter Rive, a former co-founder of SolarCity, said in the call. “We have learned a lot about installing solar from over 300,000 installations so we took all that and included that into the development.”



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