Could this be the answer that we always wanted to hear? Has a breakthrough been made for our conservationist minds?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that his new solar roof could cost less than your regular roof.
The announcement came just after shareholders gave the go-ahead for the new acquisition of renewable energy firm SolarCity, with Musk claiming that his new solar shingles could cost less than conventional versions of essentially the same thing, before energy saving costs owing to the new solar panels are even taken into consideration.
Musk asks why anyone would even ponder getting a solar roof which, in his opinion, looks better then a normal roof, costs less, lasts twice as long as a standard roof and generates its own electricity!
But whilst the terra cotta and slate roofs that Tesla mimicked are some of the most expensive roofing materials that you will find, costing almost 20 times more than asphalt shingles, the main reason for Musk’s predicted savings will come from a reduction in the shipping costs. Shipping costs for such materials are currently extremely high due to their weight and bulk, as well as the high likelihood of loss from breakage of the brittle material. However, the new tempered-glass roof tiles weigh just a fifth of the current products, which dramatically reduces the shipping costs.
Musk’s new tiles were engineered in Tesla’s new automotive and solar glass division and are said to be surprisingly stylish, especially when compared to other solar roof panels on the market.
The new sleek and subtle design is almost unrecognisable as solar, compared with the other bulky and unattractive versions currently on the market. With four distinct designs to fit in with your house, including Tuscan glass tile, slate, textured and smooth, a special coating is applied to all to create the look of an average slate or terra cotta style roofing panel, which essentially, and very cleverly, camouflages the solar cells which are underneath.
The idea is to make solar look more attractive, in the hopes of the combined factor of aesthetics and a reliable renewable energy source dramatically increasing the number of households featuring solar roofs.
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