Solar powered roof tiles introduced by Tesla
Solar powered roof tiles & types
On October 28, 2016 Tesla owner Elon Musk unveiled its new product - Solar roof tiles.
Keep an open-mind because this product could indeed very well be the future of harvesting energy from the sun. The roof tiles are actually made of "textured/tempered glass". From most viewing angles these tiles will look just like ordinary roof tiles, but Tesla's tiles will allow light to pass through onto a standard flat solar cell.
Tesla says the tempered glass is “tough as steel,” and can weather a lifetime of abuse from various weather conditions. The tiles can also be fitted with a heating element to melt snow in colder climates. “It’s never going to wear out,” Musk said, “It’s made of quartz and has a quasi-infinite lifetime.
Tesla, according to plan, is going to also manufacture and sell surface-mounted solar panels for those homeowners who have no plans for replacing their existing roofs.
All this is great news, but to some it is not clear on Tesla’s goals with this newly introduced Solar roof tile product or how it fits into the Tesla company overall strategy relative to its electric vehicles. The vision by Tesla is to step into a future powered entirely by Tesla - that being a house topped with Tesla textured solar roof tiles, where at night electricity/energy is "stored" into a (wall-hung) Tesla Powerwall Battery, this for all home usage, and where a Tesla electric car is to be near a car charger which will also get its power from the energy stored in the Powerwall Battery.
If all of Elon Musk's plans come to fruition – in the near future a consumer will be able to walk into a Tesla store and buy a (1) Tesla electric car, plus also purchase a (2) Tesla textured/tempered glass solar tiled roof system as well as a (3) Tesla Powerwall energy storage battery. Again, all this for the purpose and vision of the future to be powered by Tesla.
The reality of having "Solar" walls and windows in the near future are not that far-fetched either.
Oscar Castillo : Broker Associate
- Residential Brokerage