You’ve probably already heard about the new roof tiles that Tesla is producing. The company has announced that the Tesla solar roof will cost less than a regular roof—and that’s even before you account for the savings it’ll generate on your electricity bill.
It’s great news for new home construction, or if it’s time for you to replace your existing roof. But what if you don’t fit into these two categories? Tesla’s got you covered.
New Panasonic solar panels
Tesla has teamed up with Panasonic to offer a line of solar panels that go right on top of your existing roof. The announcement doesn’t really seem like a big deal, until you remind yourself that everything Tesla makes is sleek and sexy.
The standard roof-mounted solar panels you see on houses are anything but attractive. The Tesla/Panasonic solar tiles have no visible hardware, and integrated front skirts.
Yes, you’ll still know that you’ve got solar panels on your roof, but this design is far more aesthetically pleasing than others.
A product of Tesla’s Gigafactory
The Tesla solar panels will be manufactured by Panasonic—but inside its own factory. They’ll be an exclusive product for Tesla.
Tesla announced that these “low profile” Panasonic solar panels will go into production this summer. A company called Zep Solar developed the integrated front skirts and invisible mounting hardware. It was acquired by SolarCity, which was in turn acquired by Tesla.
Daniel Flanigan, Zep Solar’s co-founder, has stayed on and is now the senior director of solar systems product design for Tesla. The “rail-less” system Flanigan and his team of engineers designed cuts the installation of the solar panels in half.
You can request a custom quote for the solar panels now, even though production won’t start until later this year. The 325-watt panels are pre-configured to work with Tesla’s Powerwall battery system.
The Tesla Powerwall takes things one step further than our SolarStone solar gardens. We work in conjunction with utility companies, providing them with the energy our solar panels produce. Your solar garden subscription earns you credits from the utility company, lowering your bill. Tesla’s Powerwall is intended to allow you to completely disconnect from the power grid if you like.
These systems are meant only for residential homes, and they come with a hefty price tag.
Small to medium size businesses can still use solar to offset utility costs. You can go with the environmentally-conscious option of our Minnesota solar gardens.
The benefit is up to a 10% savings on office utility bills, and you’ll know what your rate will be over the next 25 years. It’s a stable source of clean and renewable energy. Read more about it here.