Report Tesla Manufacturing Solar Roof Panels in NY

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Tesla is finally making good on the promise of premium solar roof tiles.The automaker-cum energy storage firm last month began manufacturing its integrated roofing solution, as reported by Reuters.Early-bird customers who reserved the product last year with a $1,000 deposit can expect installation “in the coming months.”Tesla did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, and declined to share pre-order numbers with Reuters.Unlike most solar-powered houses today, which feature slabs of paneling, Tesla’s glass tiles (available in four conventional-looking designs) were conceived to look indistinguishable from traditional roofing materials.Company co-founders Elon Musk and JB Straubel became the first Solar Roof customers in August, and have been generating energy ever since.Smooth Solar Roof (via Tesla)“It ultimately pays for itself by reducing or eliminating a home’s electricity bill,” the 2017 second-quarter earnings update promised. Tesla supported its claim with a cheeky warranty for the lifetime of the house, “or infinity, whichever comes first.”According to Reuters, Tesla’s Solar Roof costs “between 10 and 15 percent less” than a new roof plus traditional solar panels.Ultimately, pricing depends on residential square footage and what portion of the roof you want covered; the estimated cost includes materials, installation, and removal of the old covering. Add a recommended Powerwall battery for $5,500, plus supporting hardware.The firm initially built pilot Solar Roof products at its Nevada facility, but recently expanded production to the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, NY, where it collaborates with long-time battery partner Panasonic.In the autumn of 2016, Tesla acquired SolarCity, the nation’s largest installer of rooftop solar systems, for $2.6 billion.Don’t expect much solar fanfare for now, though. Tesla told Reuters that its primary focus is increasing production of the Model 3 sedan; the industry titan hopes to build some 2,500 vehicles per week by the end of the first quarter—half the number if previously promised.center_img Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar RoofFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car last_img

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