Tesla Is Accepting Preorders On Futuristic Solar Shingles

Tesla Is Accepting Preorders On Futuristic Solar Shingles
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Tesla is accepting pre-orders for their new and super-innovative solar shingles.

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On their website, Tesla announced 4 styles of solar shingle: Textured, Smooth, Tuscan, and Slate. The company required a $1,000 down payment for pre-orders and even includes a nifty calculator for customers to estimate the total cost of the roof and energy savings over 30 years.

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Unlike traditional shingle manufacturers, Tesla also provides an estimate for the amount of electricity the solar shingles will generate over their 30-year lifetime.

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Tesla’s solar roof will not with a mix of solar and non-solar tiles. Tesla’s is encouraging installers not to use the shingles in areas of the roof that receive limited sun or no sun light. Non-solar shingles will be installed around chimneys, sunroofs, and other places that don’t receive enough sun. Tesla’s estimate is 40% of the average homes roof will contain solar shingles.

According to Tesla the Solar Roof integrates with the new Tesla Powerwall home battery which allows homeowners to use solar energy when best suited and can provide uninterrupted electricity during power grid outages.

Costs
The good news is the cost of the non-solar tiles is less than even the cost of an asphalt roof; however, the cost for the solar tiles is estimated at $42 per square foot which is more than twice as much as high-end slate roofs.

Buyers must consider accounting for the energy savings over the cost of a traditional roof. Our quantifier estimates the average homeowner will cover the excess costs with 11 to 15 years of installation with the key variable being climate, and home size.

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