Tesla recently announced their new Solar Roof, an alternative to normal roofing that builds solar panels directly into a roof. Co.Design staffer Mark Wilson takes a look at the design of the Solar roof which is comprised three-layer solar shingles: a typical solar panel on the bottom, a louver film in the middle, and tempered glass on the top layer.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk explains the connection between the Solar Roof and the Tesla cars:

Musk is introducing a vision of what he calls an "integrated future," including an electric car, a home battery, and a solar roof. In this future, you might go to a Tesla dealer, drop a still-unknown amount of funds, and set your homestead up with all the green energy and transportation it needs for the foreseeable future.

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