Billionaire salesman and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk last week announced Tesla’s solar roofs are now available to buy. The announcement came with key details of Tesla’s new “infinity warranty.”
It is Musk’s first offical venture into solar roofing, but Musk has always had an interest in solar efficiency. Previously he was the Chairman for Solar-City, before Tesla bought the company for just over US2 million dollars.
His plans for solar extend beyond roofing. He aims to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by switching transport from diesel to electricity with the launch of Tesla’s Model 3 car and backing up our biosphere with SpaceX.
Orders for the new Tesla roof started last week and is available in most countries around the world. Musk’s second announcement was perhaps even more ground-breaking. The new tesla roof will have an infinity warranty.
Musk claims that the Tesla roof will be a lifetime guarantee:
“Glass solar tiles are so durable they are warrantied for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.”
The GIF above shows the difference in durability between the tesla roof on the left and a traditional roof on the right. Hail is thrown at both roofs at the highest FM 4473 hail rating. Each five-centimetre hailstone is travelling at approximately 177 kph on impact.
The promised guarantee that claims solar roofs are cheaper than traditional roofing is fairly important, seeing as cost is one of the mitigating factors of switching to renewable energy.
Yes, the upfront costs are quite high but Musk explains it will save money in the long term.
Not just good for the environment, the aesthetics of the solar tiling is impressive. Reportedly having four choices of tiles to choose from by 2018. Musk explains:
We had a hard time finding good-looking roofs. Try it. Use Google search. This Solar Roof is the opposite. It will look better and last longer than a normal roof.
And the roof will not depreciate in value. If the solar roof is still intact and the house it’s attached to rises in value, it will become part of an appreciating asset and the homeowner’s net worth will rise in value.
Not only that, but Musk explains the solar roofing can work alongside other energy solutions to further decrease energy bills enabling clients to live “off the grid.”
With an integrated Powerwall battery, energy collected during the day is stored and made available anytime, effectively turning your home into a personal utility.
Tesla’s revolutionary technology is promising, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimated that 25 percent of the America’s energy needs will be filled by Tesla installations.
But every rooftop is different. There are some rooftops that are not ideal for solar installation due to sunlight and roof coverage. Tesla lets you compare your costs vs. saving (if you live in America) via data taken from Google’s Sunroof Project.
But the Solar Roof is as innovative as solar technology gets, as Musk explains:
“What’s the future we want? We want to look around and see roofs that are beautiful and that draw energy from the sun.”
To find out more about the Tesla Solar Power or see rates visit the website here.