Saturday, October 29, 2016

Elon Musk Reveals Solar Roof Made of Glass Tiles in L.A.

Solar roof that looks better than normal roof, Musk Says

Tuscan, Slate, Textured, and Smooth Solar Tiles (Credit: Tesla) Click to Enlarge.
Elon Musk showcased his ambitions to make Tesla Motors Inc. a clean-energy behemoth Friday, unveiling a new “solar-roof” product at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California.

As the sun set, Musk told hundreds of guests gathered in an outside courtyard on the “Desperate Housewives” set that Tesla and SolarCity Corp., the company that he chairs and which he aims to acquire, will make solar roofs that look better than normal roofs.  He then showcased several houses with solar tiles gracefully embedded.  Because the tiles are fully integrated into the roofs, many guests in attendance could not tell that they were solar.

Musk’s presentation was short on details about the proven efficiency of the solar cells, the roof’s warranty, cost or when it will be available to customers.  The solar roof will be offered in four styles:  Textured Glass, Slate Glass, Tuscan Glass, and Smooth Glass -- due to a variety of architectural choices.  SolarCity’s website says production will begin in mid-2017 and that the tempered glass is as "tough as steel."

"The solar roof consists of uniquely designed glass tiles that complement the aesthetics of any home, embedded with the highest efficiency photovoltaic cells," said Tesla in a statement. "Customers can choose which sections of their roof will contain the hidden solar technology while still having the entire roof look the same."
Musk said he’s targeting the roughly 5 million homeowners who replace their roofs each year.

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