Tesla’s Solar Roof project is finally entering the market as the company has started taking preorders for its transformative ‘solar roof’ for a $1,000 deposit, the tile-sized solar panels that Tesla announced back in October last year. Some were surprised by the warranty and the price, which Tesla says that is good for the tiles as long as the house stands and it guarantees 30 years for the power generation, with delivery expected in the United States this summer and in other region in 2018. You can also read about the Tesla Model S at Auto xpedia.
According to the company, the ‘typical’ customer in the US can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot of solar roof. A Tesla solar roof for a two-story, 2,000-square-foot home in New York region would cost around $50,000 to install after tax cuts, and it’d generate $64,000 in energy savings 30 years, according to the Tesla’s solar roof calculator.
Tesla’s cost generation is based on a combination of both active and passive Solar Roof tiles. Certain tiles will have the photovoltaic cells embedded in them while some will not due to varying sun exposure for the tiles. Tiles without the active cells will cost around $11 each while the active solar tiles would cost $42 each.
Add $7,000 more to account for a Powerwall battery to store the energy generated from it, minus $18,000 estimated tax rebate and $45,000 in estimated energy bill savings over the next 30 years. Once you are done with all the calculation the total cost for this particular Solar Roof amounts to $10,700, according to Tesla’s calculator.
The tempered glass in Tesla’s tiles is designed to conform to the toughest durability standards for both roofs and solar products, according to company. The roof itself is guaranteed to outlast your home, while the production of power of the solar cells is covered under a thirty year warranty, according to Tesla official website. Glass, as Musk likes to point out, has a ‘quasi-infinite’ life, though the underlying solar cell will degrade over time.