Tesla said the product, which generated solar energy without the need for traditional rooftop panels, will be more expensive than a conventional roof but will look better and ultimately pay for itself through reduced electricity costs.
Pre-orders have opened for Tesla's Solar Roof, giving homeowners a chance to put money down to replace their roof with high-tech tiles that will also help power their abode. However, there has been a slight delay.
According to the Tesla's website calculator, roofing a 2,000 square-foot home in NY state, with 40 percent coverage of active solar tiles and battery backup for night-time use, would cost about $50,000 after federal tax credits, and generate $64,000 in energy over 30 years.
The solar roof tiles, which can be laid down on your existing roof and generate solar electricity to power your home, will be rolled out in the USA this year, according to CNBC. Elon Musk said the first version of the glass solar roof tiles that can be pre-ordered now are the Smooth and Textured versions. The styles of tiles Tuscan and Slate are not expected before next year.
Potential customers can use the company's online tool to estimate the solar roof's costs and savings, based on their roof's square footage.
"It's important that people compare the true cost of a roof as opposed to the highly optimistic cost that ends up coming in twice as much", Musk added. All of the shingles on a Tesla Solar Roof look identical, but only some gather energy from the sun. A glass tile, without the solar elements, costs $11 per square foot, and the solar tiles themselves are $42 per square foot.
"Most roofs look bad", he added, regarding asphalt roofs. Tesla has developed a glass tile that is far stronger than traditional terracotta or clay ones and would have a longer life. We'll keep an eye on things and update this post when Tesla begins accepting orders, so stay tuned.
The power and weatherization warranty is for 30 years.
Musk said the tiles will be sold worldwide.
Tesla's Fremont solar plant in California will be the first point of production before moving to the company's new factory in Buffalo, New York.