Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of some Tesla Solar Roof frequently asked questions.
With a 25-year warranty, Solar Roof lasts longer than an average roof and protects your home for decades to come. Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles and are engineered for all-weather protection.
When you choose to install a Tesla solar glass roof, your entire roof will be replaced with a combination of active and inactive solar shingles. The active solar tiles contain solar cells, so they can produce solar energy for your home to use.
Roofing contractors can and do walk on Tesla Solar Roofs – when wearing the appropriate safety harnesses. They won't damage the roof in the process. However, you as a homeowner, should never walk on your roof.
A 2,000 square-foot roof producing 10 kilowatts solar power — which is larger than a typical residential installation in the U.S. — would cost $33,950 for the glass tile, or $34,550 for the basic roof and panel combo, the company estimates.
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Tesla’s solar shingles measure 8.7” X 14”. Each shingle has two solar cells that combined produce 12 watts of electricity per shingle. It takes approximately 27 solar shingles to equal a typical solar panel.
Solar energy systems are rated based on kilowatts (kW) of DC power and a Solar Roof system could be designed at almost any level, but generally we see 8-12 kW as a typical range. Actual annual production of kilowatt hours (kWh) AC power is dependent on other variables that are carefully evaluated during the design process, such as roof slope orientation, expected hours of sunlight, and shading. Our early experience from the design process suggests that most homes in our markets that are otherwise a good design fit can support enough production to replace 80%+ of a home’s annual electrical consumption.
Installing solar panels in a home not only helps to reduce current monthly utility bills; it can potentially increase the home's value by up to 4.1% more than comparable homes with no solar panels, according to recent solar research done by Zillow — or an additional $9,274 for the median-valued home in the U.S
For most homebuyers, solar panels are indeed a selling point. ... According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, homes with solar panels sell 20% faster and for 17% more than those without.
More than likely, your homeowners insurance premium will go up as you add solar panels to your house and coverage. Primarily, this is because solar panels are still quite expensive, and adding the replacement cost is likely to increase your coverage limit.
One of the most common questions is if installing solar panels will cause your property taxes to increase due to the increase in your home's value. The good news is that the answer is no! ... Still, you will not pay any additional property tax when you install new solar panels until the home is sold.
Not every shingle in Tesla’s solar roof shingle system is solar energy-generating. Only about 35% of the shingles are solar shingles (a.k.a. photovoltaic tiles). The rest are identical in appearance but are not solar energy-generating. With matching solar and non-solar shingles, the roof looks uniform and money isn’t wasted installing solar shingles in shaded areas, i.e. under overhangs.
Tesla’s solar roof shingles are manufactured at The Tesla Gigafactory 2. Gigafactory 2 is a photovoltaic cell factory leased by Tesla subsidiary SolarCity in Buffalo, New York, USA.
The Tesla solar shingles have a dark-colored tempered glass finish. From the ground, they look like normal opaque shingles but from the perspective of the Sun, the shingles are transparent. The transparency of the shingles allows sunlight to hit the integrated solar cells. Today, design choices for Tesla solar roof shingles are very limited. The company says it will gradually unveil new designs.
Take a look at our Solar Roof Cleaning Guide developed by Tesla Tap.