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Raise the roof: Tesla's solar may cost you lessTesla is now selling its solar roofs. When you calculate years of energy savings, Tesla makes the case how it could be cheaper than a normal roof.
You can now buy a Tesla solar roof to have it installed this year and it may cost you less than a normal roof in the long run. What makes Tesla's solar roof tiles so interesting is that these textured glass tiles look like traditional building materials with the solar cell hidden inside. But you don't need every tile on your roof be solar. A typical home would order a mix of solar and cheaper normal. Tiles that match, depending on how much sun you get, you may only need about 35% of the roof to be solar for it to be cost effective. Now, as for pricing, it turns out you don't have to be a rich man to fiddle with Tesla's roof, the price of a single solar tile is $42 and the price of a normal tile is $11 Tesla is saying that this is cheaper than a normal asphalt shingle roof when you consider the amount of electricity that you'd be generating over 30 years to offset the net cost. Using data from consumer reports it says it could cost an average of $22 a square foot. And that's not counting any tax rebates or other incentives you can get for going solar. Of course you should do your own number crunching based on your location, your building codes, how much sun you get and your energy consumption. Tesla's web site does have a solar roof calculator to help you with that. Also keep in mind you're gonna need a Tesla power wall battery to store all the energy those tiles are collecting that can be $7000. Tesla will be raising it's roof this summer but only some tile designs are available now. Next year is gonna begin installations for customers outside the US. I'm Bridgette Carey and if of this went over your head. You can read a more detail breakdown at CNET. COM