Tesla’s Solar shingles - A New Option for Home Owners?

Posted on by Lisa Barton to Green Home

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, recently unveiled a new home improvement product, rooftop solar shingles, that are made of textured glass and virtually indistinguishable from high-end roofing products. There are four different shingle prototypes (terra-cotta tile, slate, shingles, and a smooth modern glass finish). The aesthetics are beautiful! The tiles are designed to blend seamlessly with other roofs in the neighborhood. The solar cells embedded in each durable glass-encased tile is designed to be completely invisible from the street. This is something that sets this solar roof apart from other rooftop solar options.

These solar shingles also transform light into power for your home and your electric car. According to Musk, "The basic proposition will be: would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and, by the way, generates electricity? Why would you consider anything else?"

Naturally, we still have many questions about the shingles, especially how much they will cost. The prototypes are all high-end roofing materials which are significantly more expensive than standard asphalt shingles. Production of the solar panels is scheduled to begin later this year. We'll keep you informed as more information is released.   

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