Elon Musk Has Done It Again: Tesla Solar Roof Will Soon Be Available in Australia

Elon Musk Has Done It Again: Tesla Solar Roof is Now Available in Australia
Written by Jennifer Nini

Elon Musk’s personal crusade to rid the world of its dependence on fossil fuels and transition to sustainable energy seems too crazy a goal to take seriously – except governments around the world are falling over themselves to sign up and take part in helping him execute his grand vision.

The engineer turned ‘Most Idolised Figure in Entrepreneurship’ founded Tesla, a company that creates revolutionary and compelling suite of ‘green tech’ products most notably their series of electric cars.

However the business had its sights set higher. Solar energy has always been part of Elon’s master plan, in a blog post published on 20 July 2016, he admits this openly: “Provide solar power. No kidding, this has literally been on our website for 10 years.” Recognising the need for “a roof that is simultaneously affordable, durable, beautiful and integrated with battery storage” Elon Musk and team Tesla got to work and the end results speak for itself.

Tesla Solar Roof in Slate - TeslaUpdate2

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Solar Roof disrupts the solar panel industry.

It’s latest green product innovation, Solar Roof, was announced on 31 October 2016 when Musk publicly unveiled solar tiles that neither looked nor performed like anything on the market. Impeccably designed glass solar tiles and with higher efficiency than conventional solar panels, Tesla’s Solar Roof appeals to those who wish to combine style with sustainability. Solar Roof turns sunlight into electricity without taking away from a home’s aesthetics.

Tesla Solar Roof – Supplied by Tesla Australia

Made with tempered glass, “Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles”. Buyers can choose from four styles: Textured, Smooth, Tuscan and Slate.

Tesla Solar Roof in Slate


Tesla Solar Roof Panels in Tuscan Terracotta


Tesla Solar Roof Textured


Tesla Solar Roof Smooth Tile Perspective

With an integrated Powerwall solar battery, the solar energy it collects during the day is then stored and made available any time, providing continuous off-grid power that can be consumed guilt-free.

“Solar Roof uses two types of tiles—solar and non-solar. Looking at the roof from street level, the tiles look the same. Customers can select how many solar tiles they need based on their home’s electricity consumption. For example, households that charge an electric vehicle every day may want more solar tiles on their roof.” Tesla website.

In addition, the typical homeowner can also expect to reduce their electricity bill, so although there is an initial outlay to purchase the Solar Roof, it should pay for itself over the life of the solar panels.

Tesla Solar Roof Smooth Glass

For those considering this product, Tesla have also created a Solar Roof calculator – that factors in roof size and local price of electricity – to help homeowners estimate the upfront cost of Solar Roof and the energy it will generate for the home.

Continuing its remarkable business practices, Tesla have also also offered the best warranty in the industry – a lifetime guarantee on its revolutionary glass solar panels.

Australian residents can place an order reserve for Solar Roof for $1310 AUD. Visit the Tesla website for more information.

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About the author

Jennifer Nini

Jennifer Nini is a writer, activist and the founding editor of Eco Warrior Princess. In 2010, after studying Fashion Business, she launched Eco Warrior Princess to explore her interests in fashion, politics, social justice and sustainability. Jennifer is also the founder of The Social Copywriter, a digital agency harnessing the power of copywriting and content marketing to help mindful businesses reach more people. When she's not perfecting a sentence or coaching business clients, you will find her at her certified organic farm reconnecting with nature.


  • What a fantastic job they’ve done in creating such a wonderful product. As much as we need to be looking for sustainable energy sources I have to agree that the normal solar panels aren’t the most attractive yet these look just like a normal roof.

    • At the risk of sounding like an Elon Fan Girl, I think he and his team have created an amazing product. Our home is off-grid and the panels are not that unsightly but would have preferred they seamlessly complemented the house – like these do. Engineers and designers constantly amaze me with their talents, huge huge fan of problem solvers 🙂

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