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.
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.
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.
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.
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.