These are Tesla’s stunning new solar roof tiles for homes
Tesla founder and CEO ElonMusk wasn’t kidding when he said that the new Tesla solar roof product wasbetter looking than an ordinary roof:
the roofing replacement withsolar energy gathering powers does indeed look great.
It’s a far cry from the obvious and somewhatweird aftermarket panels you see applied to roofs after the fact today.
The solar roofing comes infour distinct styles that Tesla presented at the event, including “TexturedGlass Tile,” “Slate Glass Tile,” “Tuscan Glass Tile,
and “Smooth Glass Tile.” Each of theseachieves a different aesthetic look, but all resembled fairly closely a currentroofing material style.
Each is also transparent to solar, but appearsopaque when viewed from an angle.
The current versions of thetiles actually have a two percent loss on efficiency, so 98 percent of whatyou’d normally get from a traditional solar panel, according to Elon Musk.
But the company is workingwith 3M on improved coatings that have the potential to possibly go abovenormal efficiency, since it could trap the light within,
leading to it bouncing aroundand resulting in less energy loss overall before it’s fully diffused.
Of course, there’s the matterof price:
Tesla’s roof cost lessthan the full cost of a roof and electricity will be competitive or better thanthe cost of a traditional roof combined with the cost of electricity from thegrid, Musk said.
Tesla declined to providespecific pricing at the moment, since it will depend on a number of factorincluding installation specifics on a per home basis.