Tesla and Solar City is Reshaping the Solar Power Industry

Tesla and Solar City is Reshaping the Solar Power Industry

Tesla said the solar tiles cost $42 per square foot to install, making them far more costly than slate, which costs around $17 per square foot, or asphalt, which costs around $5.

ELON Musk announced the opening of orders for Tesla's solar roof tiles this week on Twitter, which set the clean tech community abuzz. Tesla does, however, offer roof tiles that are not equipped with solar cells, meaning that they can not produce electricity by gathering sunlight.

In posts on Twitter, Elon Musk said the tiles can be ordered from any country from this afternoon, with "deployment" to be this year for the U.S., and next year for overseas - including the UK.

Before being acquired by Tesla, SolarCity put a lot of work into reducing its installation time in order to try to make more than one installation per day per team, but that's not going to be possible for a solar roof installation. Check out more in the Tweets below and head over to Tesla to order yours today. The price came in cheaper than expected.

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Musk said he expects the ramp up of the solar roof to take time.

Installations are set to begin in the United States this summer and from 2018 elsewhere.

To that end, Tesla will offer financing options later this year.

"Solar Roof uses two types of tiles-solar and non-solar", Tesla said in a statement.

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In this case, a Tesla solar roof is not only more expensive upfront than a traditional roof - contradicting a claim Musk made a year ago - but it's potentially more expensive upfront than a traditional roof with solar panels on top, too.

Initially, only gray smooth and textured black glass tiles will be available for purchase. Tesla estimated it would cost $38,300 for a two-story home in the Buffalo Niagara region with 2,000 square feet of space.

A standard solar panel setup could cost about 30 percent less than the Tesla system, Bloomberg reports.

Tesla said the typical homeowner can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for a Tesla solar roof.

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Temperatures and humidity levels will be lower, making for a comfortable afternoon as temperatures warm to near 70°. However, a couple of leftover showers could still mix in as low pressure churns over the area and away from us.

Production will begin at Tesla's Fremont solar plant in California and then shift this summer to its new factory in Buffalo, New York, with additional investments from Tesla's partner, Panasonic. These newfangled MIT-designed panels reflect back an image of the roof below while still letting light through to the photovoltaic cells within. The company's mass maker electric vehicle, the Model 3, will begin rolling off the assembly line in a few months.

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