Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof – the company just announced pricing for its photovoltaic tiles, and they come in at just $21.85 per square foot. That’s nearly 20 percent cheaper than a normal roof once you factor in the energy savings and tax credits.
Tesla’s sought-after Solar Roof tiles are made of glass layered over a photovoltaic substrate, and they serve as a replacement for traditional roofing materials. This ensures they look like the “real thing” from the ground – even though they accomplish much more than a standard roof.
So far, Tesla has two styles available for pre-order: a textured black glass tile and a smooth grey tile. The tuscan and slate tiles will be available for installation in early 2018. According to the company, installing a Solar Roof takes between five and seven days – and Tesla manages the entire process itself.
The fact that the Solar Roof tiles are so economical is applaudable, considering that Consumer Reports predicted back in November that the tiles would need to cost under $24.50 per square foot to compete with traditional roofing materials. Tesla accomplished this — and went one step further. Now, the company is offering an infinite warranty for the tiles. “We offer the best warranty in the industry—the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first,” a Tesla representative told Inverse. Consumer Reports based their cost numbers assuming 30 years worth of electricity savings. They didn’t factor in local or government rebates or incentives, so the deal gets even sweeter when you add those in.
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An additional benefit of the Tesla Solar Roof is that it is touted to be stronger than a traditional roof. In areas where thunderstorms and high winds are rampant, a sturdier abode makes all the difference.
Fortunate consumers who purchase the Solar Roof will also receive the forthcoming Powerwall 2.0, which is a battery storage device with a built-in inverter. It connects to your home’s electrical system, enabling a house to go 100 percent off-the-grid. Though it costs an extra $6,500, the long-term savings are estimated to add up to thousands of dollars.
NOTE: This article has been updated to reflect accurate pricing numbers as calculated by Consumer Reports. Read the full calculation here.
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See how affordable it is when taxpayers are not heavily subsidizing it. The government funds nothing. It is all our hard earned money they are giving away
What if you cannot, because of your income, take the federal tax incentive??? Is there help for people like this, like me??? That's a huge savings that I cannot take!!!
Hogwash! Balderdash! We are now in 2019 and the pixie dust has settled a bit. The facts are that there are at least 5 manufacturers of Solar Roof Tiles in the USA and they have been around for years. Payback on a 100,000 dollar solar roof is non existent because it happens after the useful life of the product. The new facility in Buffalo, NY has been there for a couple of years and what is the progress with that? Don't hold your breath, folks. This is a scam that has been successfully perpetrated on the vulnerable and gullible politicians among us and the public.
I think this is a great idea. I'm not sure if thats cheaper then a normal roof. I hope that they will bring it on the market in Europe as well. For me the solar tiles look great and way better then other solar systems available. An important point is how the build quality of the tiles are and how long they can be used till they need to be replaced.
This is great but it is still 1000% more than an aluminum roof, and mine was customized. No one has a roof that looks like mine. But the price will drop. In 20 years all roofs will be like this. There is no reason for the grid to exist anymore. Big Power is over.
Can we factor in fires? If one tile goes open or short circuit how to replace it?
Dear Inhabitat. Conditional "low price" is not workable. You cannot sell Electrical Tiles based on a price which is 20% lower when you factor in the savings. No, no and no. The electrical tiles should, themselves, be cheaper than normal tiles. Then the other benefits in form of savings of power etc., comes in as another benefit. If you sell the tiles "cheaper than normal tiles" based on the savings, then how will we be saving power in terms of the normal savings? You have then already USED / CONSUMED the savings in the roof alone. That makes no sense. There are PLENTY of other solar cells which can be tiled and put together easily, instead of roof tiles. It is indeed a very valuable proposition with the Tesla tiles - but - let us get on with the real pricing. SO - what is the price, buying price, for the Tesla Tiles, given that you would not connect them to the grid and save, but would just like to buy them and put them up on the roof...????
When and where is this new roofing tile system going to be available in the UK for sale ? Can someone please advise from Tesla ? Martin +44 7827 844259
so what's the guarantee they wont crumble under a hail storm? curious, insurance? guaranteed lifetime replacement?
only id you "normal" roof is slate
Here's a data point for consideration. I have a nominally 2000 sqft house. I replaced the roof, complete with stripping the old roof and adding a 50 year asphalt shingle roof for $12,000. That's $6 a foot for a 50 year roof. I added 4kW of solar, enough to cover 80-90% of my power, using CA NEM 1.0 and paid a net cost of $10,000 after tax benefit for the PV. That's $5/sqft. So all in all, I did the roof and the solar for $11/sq ft and there's NO NETBACK for my NEM credit.which is around $1000 per year. So all in all, I'm befuddled by the math on this posting. Also, I've owned a number of homes, and I'd be suing roofers routinely if I had to put on 4-5 roofs every 30 years as suggested in some posts. The math seems challenged at best.
Guys I think this article talks about the cost of a "normal" roof over a 30 years period in which you will replace your roof 4-5 times. Tesla roof does not need to be replaced for 30 or even 50 years or as long as your house lives. That's their "lifetime" guarantee. That's why if your "regular shingle" or other roof replacement cost is $10K and Tesla is costing you $40K, Tesla is still cheaper over 30 years period. Your regular roof will need to be replaced in 7 years (let's assume) so your $10K cost per replacement is going to be more than $40K (at least 3 additional replacements: $10K + 3*$10K) over 30 years of time. If you take in the envirmmental rebates etc offered by local/state government, Tesla roof will be cheaper in long term. Also consider that you won't have to pay for most of the electricity bill during those years.
Which crack smoking math wizard wrote this article? Using their numbers, everyone would be living in tents because standard roofs would be unaffordable on the average home. Based on the cost of doing a 3000 sq ft home is $65,000, tax break will bring it down to about $45,500 and according to DOE, the average electric bill in the US for 2013 was $110/month. When you do the math, it will take ~34 years to break even. Now while they talk about the infinite warranty, the actual power warranty is 30 years (tesla website), so we're a little short on the numbers. Payback 34 years (which is a very poor investment time frame) but only a 30 year power warranty, so the last 4 years you are on your own. By the way, the battery is warrant for only 10 years, so you'll be replacing them at least twice, which increases your investment cost and therefore lengthens your payback period. According to the writer the Powerwall 2 costs $6,500. Hmm, according to the Tesla Powerwall website, that is close, it is actually $6,200 but that is where this falls apart. This does NOT include tax, installation cost ($800-$2000) power panel upgrade costs, building permits (if your in California - that's going to leave a big mark in the check book) plus an location that can support and protect the 270 pound device. Also, depending upon the power drain in your home, one battery is not going be sufficient for off grid. My 1700 sq ft home would require a minimum of 2 batteries, because I own a few pleasures like a refrigerator, a microwave, TV, computer, heat & ac, a washer and a stove. All my lights are already LED and my appliances & heat/ac are all high efficiency models, so this cost just doubled for my small home for the batteries alone. Now since they left out the incidental 30-50% costs for the battery, I'm thinking that the cost shown in the article is material cost only. Also, as one person has already raised, how much does this roof weigh? Also, left out is the location of your home (lat-long make a big difference), the azimuth of your roof line (huge piece of this puzzle) and the pitch of your roof all play into the efficiency of the solar array. In northern California this would be 180 degrees, due south, pretty much the same across the northern hemisphere. So unless you are lucky and your main roof faces south, did you plan on re-engineering your roof line? My 7Kw grid-tied solar array on my roof, I was lucky because my home faces 10 degrees west of due south, so I lose a little efficiency, cost ~$20K, that was $15K after the $6K (30%) tax break. I have not had an electric bill in 3 years and have banked $300 from PG&E Net Metering for power production. Break even point is about 6-7 years based on my historical power consumption pre-solar. This does not include an energy buy back from PG&E. I think the habitat writer needs a refresher on reality and truth. Marketing is cool, but accuracy does matter a lot.
Guys, what's not commented on here is that, according to the article, if you include a 20 or 30 year payback on electricity savings, when compared to a normal roof that doesn't generate electricity, the Tesla roof is cheaper. This is correct... Except that they don't consider the fact that I can take the difference (say $30,000), invest it in a managed fund, and make 150,000 dollars after 30 years... they don't consider lost opportunity costs. Read my linkedin Article here on the proper economic analysis:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cult-tesla-part-1-roof-good-proposition-craig-gagnon
Lets take a look at AMANDA FROELICH's math scores from her GED? I hate fake news. plus those shingles are 3x heavier than solar panels (so you need 2x24's for your roof rafters to hold up the weight and hope that your not in a snow zone) also why not calculate how much more Air Condition electric the house will use because the attic will be steaming from electrified shingles sitting directly on the top surface? This product is a nothing burger ,plus what a criminal act Tesla is doing by taking deposits for this product in state they are NOT in? going forward author =PRO TIP : "Do real research" TY
This appears to be the old trick of starting off with an incorrect current cost, to which lifecycle and maintenance costs are added, which is then compared to equally misleading cost data, which has been adjusted for hypothetical grant aides. Which just produces a nonsense of data. Interestingly they do not seem to factor in the cost of finance over the period, as unless you have a bag of cash to hand, you'll need to borrow to cover the high initial capex. Let's give it a few more years to develop and mature.
...cheaper after 7 years.
I want this for a new house we're planning to build in 2 years...
No in Australia thats for sure
I think they have misworded the title. It should read "Tesla's new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal solar roof" which turns out to be somewhat true. You can't really compare solar roof to regular roof in pricing. It's like wanting a hybrid for regular car price. There are most cost to the technology, material, etc.
Please define "normal" roof. In my area in Anaheim, CA a "normal" roof is a composite shingle. I just contracted to replace my roof for $13k, which includes 29 squares of owens corning "cool" shingles, which is less than $5/ft. So how is $21/ft cheaper than $5/ft?
I contacted Tesla and walked through the numbers. It's not even close. The installed cost is 5x a high quality shingle roof replacement and the energy payback is about 20 years. Oh, by the way, I'm 61 and plan to downsize, so this isn't happening. I'm still very interested in solar, and this might be something my kids/grandkids consider in the future.
This is so wrong....My roof is 25 square. materials would cost me under $5000. According to this article at $22. per sq ft, it would cost me $55,000
While the roof tiles looks great and are the way of the future, in the immediate it is impossible to buy it in any states along the US and canada border, i am told it will not be able to serve those provinces and states before 2019. Mr. Musk should pay a serious attention to this issue as it will affect shareholders investors and potential clients. planning a new house and wanting this system find myself having to change my plan because the company is unable to supply nor install the roof, lack of manual installation does not help either to understand how the system works.
The claim that is equal in price to an average roof is SO @#$%& wrong its laughable. That $ is more than 5 times the average roof cost.
Are the new shingles heavier? Will the supporting roof have to be beefed up?
Who researches this s***? LOVE the new tiles, and TESLA but saying it costs the same as a conventional roof? SO BS! Sorry for the language, but incredibly misleading information. On my own house, by TESLA's own calculations, my Tesla roof would cost $33,600 to install, vs. their calculation of a conventional roof at $4,100. I wouldn't call them comparable, would you?
Shingle roofs are about $6 per foot installed. Natural slate runs about $15 installed. Saying $22 a foot is cheaper is going to be a hard sell. My roof is 2500 SF so $16 difference is $40000. Especially since most people homes that would use these are very efficient already. My highest electric bill is around $150 and I average below $100 a month. It would take me forever to amortize this cost. Don't get me wrong, these roofs are awesome but they aren't cheap and they certainly aren't mainstream housing cheap.
I don't know what planet you live on, but here in Alaska one of the most expensive places to have any construction work done a thousand square foot roof is only $6,700 that's less than $7 a square foot. Including tear off and Disposal.
Uh, what planet do you live on where normal roofing is that expensive!? I am in Alaska, practically the most expensive place to have a roof installed, and here including tear off it is less than $7 a square foot.
Where are you getting your normal roof bids? That's sucker ripoff prices.