Tesla is debuting the third iteration of its solar roof tile. The company originally unveiled its solar roof tile product three years ago in 2016 and opened pre-orders in 2017.
During the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the product was already in its third iteration, which he said improved performance and put the product on cost parity with cheap, non-solar roofing tiles, once you factor in savings over time on utility cost plus the cost of purchase for the new roof.
It seems like that version was in testing at that point, and is now ready for general consumer sales and purchase. The solar tiles have not seemed to have seen consumer installations in any kind of significant scale to date, with existing customers with reservations in place claiming they haven’t heard much in the way of installation timeline expectations. Perhaps we’ll learn more about availability and roll-out plans along with tomorrow’s “official” launch of the version-three product.
In June, Tesla announced it was installing its solar roof product in eight states after several hiccups since the product's launch in 2016. Telsa is not the only player in the solar roof market, as GAF, Standard Industries, Sunron, Vivant Solar, and CertainTeed all have solar products or solar divisions.Read More