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Advancement in Technology: Tesla and Solar City's new attractive and powerful solar roof!

United States - Jun 8, 2018 - 02:04   5354 views

Founded in 2003 and based in California, Tesla is an American corporation which specializes in electrical vehicles, energy storage and also solar panels. The company was named after electrical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla by company founders Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. It was initiated with an aim to prove the world that the consumer would not have to compromise with quality and power when driving electric vehicles. 

CEO Elon Musk said that he envisions Tesla as a technology company and independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at prices affordable to the average consumer. Tesla envisages to make products accessible and affordable to people, with an attempt to promote clean transport and clean energy production. Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Smooth Glass Roof Tile

There are times when clients are interested in investing in solar energy but are reluctant in using it all over, as they are worried about the aesthetics. The new product from Tesla and Solar City (Solar City Corporation is a subsidiary of Tesla specializing in solar energy services) provides a solution to this problem. Though, aesthetics is not the only thing that matters, so let us investigate how powerful the product is!  

Tuscan Glass Roof Tile

The solar roof comes with an integrated battery and is durable. It is made with tempered glass and the company boasts that it has three times the strength than the normal roofing tiles. Tesla is now stating on its website that the roof tiles used in its solar roof installations have an “infinite warranty” because of the strength of the roof glass. It provides a powerful solution while making your place look beautiful.

The product is offered in 4 different styles: Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile.

Slate Glass Roof Tile

The product can be integrated with the Powerwall Home Battery, which provides the user the convenience to use solar energy whenever required and it also provides uninterrupted electricity when there is no power supply.

“I think there’s quite a radical difference between having solar panels on your roof that actually make your house look better versus ones that do not, I think it’s going to be a night-and-day difference,” said Musk.

The solar roof is a premium product made of quartz and is virtually unbreakable. Tesla has said that their roof will cost $21.85 per square foot. Though, it is interesting to see the viability of such a wonderful concept, it is also a challenge to find customers who are actually willing to pay. 

Textured Glass Roof Tile

The simple context is that the roof will be very expensive compared to any common roof installation but could be competitive in terms of long term net benefit when the energy savings are factored in. Tesla solar roof products are perfect for homeowners who want solar and need a new roof relatively soon, but a regular solar panel installation is still a good solution for people who don’t need a new roof. 

The amount of solar energy to be generated depends upon the energy calculations on your area. The advancements in technology is making solar energy trending and adding more options and relatively lower costs in times to come.

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