Say Goodbye To Bulky And Ugly Solar Panel, Elon Musk Gives Us Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles

First Posted: Oct 31, 2016 04:30 AM EDT

Tesla top honcho, Elon Musk unveiled the company's vision of making the traditional solar panel a thing of the past with the brand new and stylish Tesla Solar Roof TilesIn co-operation with SolarCity, Tesla announced Friday the new integrated solar roof panels and Powerwall product. 

With the expectation of a merger between Tesla and SolarCity, interested consumers will have to wait to get their hands on the Tesla Solar Roof Tiles depending on how fast the two companies' merger is done. Made with textured glass tiles incorporated with integrated solar cells the Tesla Solar Roof Tiles is expected to change how we look at household solar energy. The new solar tiles looks like an ordinary roofing tiles but can generate energy from sunlight.

As an exhibition, Tesla created model houses mounted with the Powerwall product on the wall and as well as a number of the new Tesla Solar Roof Tiles.

According to Elon Musk the solar tile innovation is a must. He said: "You really need to make solar panels as appealing as electric cars have become. The goal is to have a roof that's less than the installed cost of a roof plus electricity."

In a private discourse with scribes, Elon Musk opted not to reveal the cost of the new Tesla Solar Roof Tiles. He iterated that it is not practical for people to replace their old roof with the solar tiles, but this innovation can benefit those who are intending to change their damaged roofs. The company is aiming an installation of the new Tesla Solar Roof Tiles as soon as next summer even with the impending merger of Tesla and SolarCity, said Musk.

Elon Musk also told the journalists, that the new solar tiles will be available in different finishes to suit the consumer's preferences. Those who are interested to buy can choose from Smooth Glass Tile, Textured Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile and Slate Glass Tile variants. Moreover, to give assurance to future users of the Tesla Solar Roof Tiles, Elon Musk said that the glass tiles are more durable in comparison to the regular roof tiles. He even suggests that the solar tiles can be suitable to places that get hail.

Finally, Musk stated that the company's newest line of solar energy products will be sold in three major parts, namely: generation (solar panels), storage (batteries) and transportation (electric cars). All the products will be sold via the Tesla brand.

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