In replies to enquiries on the tweet announcing the availability of the Tesla solar energy tile on Twitter, Musk said that delivery and installation would begin to other countries next year, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
And in a move that echoes its insurance offerings for some Tesla vehicles, the company says Solar Roof comes with an impressive warranty. Thus they enable homeowners to harness energy from the sun all day without having to install any additional panels.
Elon Musk's Tesla outfit has opened up reservations for its solar roof tiles in Australia, though it may be some time before the United States company actually begins installing them locally.
Tesla is ready to start taking orders for traditional-looking glass roof tiles that soak up solar power to generate electricity, CEO Elon Musk said in a series of tweets. However, there has been a slight delay.
"Although the cost of our solar tiles is more expensive up front, it can be more than offset by the value of energy the tiles produce", Tesla says in a blog post. Although only two of the four possible tile styles are being made available at this point.
There's 4 types of tile available Textured, Smooth, Tuscan and Slate. "Buying a roof is often a worse experience than buying a auto through a dealership" - another industry Tesla has disrupted - so the company says it's trying to be upfront with costs by sharing a calculator. They have a Class 4 (the best) hail rating and will survive where traditional roof tiles would be smashed to pieces.
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Interested parties can place an order for a solar roof with a down payment of $1310.
The solar roof system will debut in the US, with availability expanding to other countries in 2018.
After revealing its solar roof to the world back in October, Tesla is now ready to open the flood gates.
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. There, they can also calculate the estimated upfront cost of a solar roof.
Telsa's roof tiles use a tempered glass and proprietary solar cells manufactured through a partnership with Panasonic.
Tesla is guaranteeing its tiles for the lifetime of the house, and is confident after internal tests that compared its shingles to traditional roofing.
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