Tesla boss says orders for its solar roof product will open today

Tesla's smooth glass tile.   Tesla

Latest reports suggest that Tesla solar roofs can now be pre-ordered in Australia. We thought about having the warranty be infinity, but then people thought, well, that might sound like we're just talking rubbish, but actually this is toughened glass. Buyers will want Tesla's roof, he said, because it looks as good or better than a normal roof.

Thankfully you won't have to worry about installing the Solar Roof yourself.

"The pricing is better than I expected, better than everyone expected", Bloomberg quotes Hugh Bromley, a solar analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance as saying.

The cost of the roof will depend much on the portion of solar tiles in it, calculated based on the power demand of the house. They can also put down a refundable $1,000 deposit to reserve a place in line.

The calculator uses information like the size of the roof, the average local price of electricity, and how much sunlight a neighbourhood receives throughout the year to determine the price.

Tesla's solar roof connects to the Powerwall 2, its home battery, which is capable of storing 14kWh of energy, with a 5kW continuous power draw, and 7kW peak. Because, while traditional solar panels may look unsightly, the historical cost of the renewable technology has undoubtedly been the biggest barrier to wider uptake - though the price of solar has also been falling significantly in recent years.

This is a very very rough estimate though so if you're curious there's a calculator on Tesla's site that can help potential customers find out.

Tesla estimated that a typical homeowner would expect to pay US$21.85 a square foot for the solar roof, "and benefit from a attractive new roof that also increases the value of their home". Tesla says you'll generate $64,000 of savings in energy costs over the next 30 years so it will more than pay itself off.

Musk wouldn't say how many orders the company expects to get this year.

The company's blog says, "Solar energy has always been part of our master plan, and we recognized the need for a roof that is simultaneously affordable, durable, lovely and integrated with battery storage". Indeed, this was the driving force behind the company's recent decision to change its name from Tesla Motors to Tesla Inc.

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