The solar roofs that Musk showed off were installed on houses on Universal Studio’s famous backlot, which recreates a suburban environment. “The key is it needs to be attractive, affordable and seamlessly integrated”.
Musk, however, thinks the payoff will be worth it. Musk described them as a series of micro louvers functioning much like a privacy screen on a laptop. Tesla’s mission, after all, is to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy”. The updated home energy storage product is similar to the last one, in that it’s a large, rectangular (now with more rectangularity) device created to live on a wall in your home (likely in the garage or somewhere similar) – but the big differences are on the inside.
In 2006, the PayPal cofounder announced he was financing Tesla and SolarCity to power all our homes, businesses, and vehicles with carbon-free solar power.
A price was not released for the product but Mr Musk said it would be cheaper than fitting a normal roof and solar panels.
Although Tesla is waiting for the merger with SolarCity to start installing the novel solar roof tiles, Musk said that the company aims to install the new roofs as early as next summer.
Musk displayed a tuscan-style roof, a smooth-tiled roof, and roofs with slate and textured tiles. It is infinitely customizable for a variety of different home styles, each uniquely engineered so that the photovoltaic cells are invisible. They look like normal roofing tiles from the ground, but are completely transparent to the sun.
These new solar roofs are very suitable to areas which have a lot of sunshine, like South Africa. These two new products, says SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, are a “joint collaboration” between SolarCity and Tesla. It’s also using the announcement of the new product as an explanation for why its acquiring Solar City. But solar itself is on a tear: investors poured $161 billion into solar previous year, the most of any single power source, and more than 1 million homes in the United States have solar panels on the roofs.
During the presentation Musk said that local power generation does not pretend to eliminate the need for utility power generation. The other big reveal is an in-home charger for Tesla’s cars. Musk claimed just one Powerwall 2.0 pack would be enough to supply the “fridge, sockets, and lights” in a four-bedroom house with energy for a day. Now, customers will be able to buy both products from Tesla directly. The Nevada-based factory is expected to build 500,000 batteries a year by the end of the decade once it is fully operational.