Tesla’s Solar Roof Is Coming Soon

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February 28, 2017

Later this year, Tesla will begin selling and installing residential solar roofs. Danielle Muoio at Business Insider breaks down everything she knows about the new product.

Solar cells will be hidden behind textured glass, providing the appearance of a typical roof. Tuscan glass tile will be available, as will French slate tiles. They are produced using a water printing process known as hydrographic coloring.

The tiles are strong enough to walk on and will be manufactured at a plant in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the solar roof could cost less than an actual roof, but still hasn't given specific pricing information. However, Lyndon Rive, SolarCity's former CEO, said on the Nov. 1 call that "we think we can get to that price point of 40 cents a Watt over time in large scale" for the solar cells, which would put it in line with the competition.

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