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First electric vehicles, then in-home batteries. Now Tesla’s Elon Musk is moving into a new third category for turning home life upside down.

As part of Phase 2 of his Master Plan, Musk has now announced solar roofs. See that picture above? It’s one of them.

As you can see, these are neither your standard roofs nor are they your conventional solar panels that are tacked on to an existing roof. These are full reroofs/roof replacements that take over the jobs of both standard roofing tiles and solar panels to create a single, chameleon device to protect and power your home.

Getting into the 4-5 million new roof builds per year, Musk is about to make his mark now in two industries at once.

The What And How Of Solar Roofs

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Unlike conventional solar panels, or conventional roofs, these new solar roofs are one in the same.

The roof itself is made out of a textured glass tile that has integrated solar cells. According to the Tesla CEO, these roofs look “as good or better” than conventional roofs. From the ground most would mistake them for normal roofing tiles, but they’re actually completely transparent to the sun.

The tiles are also hydrographically printed. That’s a fancy word my auto-correct hasn’t learned yet, but it basically means each tile is like a snowflake in that it is completely unique. This means that no two roofs will be exactly the same. “You can take any two roofs that look like that and they will be different — because they are different,” said Musk.

So these tiles are convenient and look great, but will they be as durable as standard roofing materials? According to Musk, these glass tiles will actually be more durable than conventional roof tiles, something that’s extremely important for areas with high hail damage risk. If these can really stand up to baseball sized hail, this could be a game changer in several ways.

All of this feeds into the Powerwall 2, which can store 14 kWh of energy, with a 5 kW continuous power draw, and 7 kW peak. The second generation Tesla battery is said to work for unlimited power cycles for up to 10 years. It can also be mounted on the floor or on a wall, and either inside or outside. And, like the first version of the battery, it’s modular so you can easily connect several together to increase capacity. Better still, they can be used for load shifting or back-up power.

Why This Won’t Change The World Overnight

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Just as the world isn’t suddenly all driving powerful fully-electric vehicles like Tesla’s fleet of cars and SUV (not for wanting, I think we all drool a little when we see one drive by), the roofs of the world won’t suddenly all be converted into personal solar farms overnight.

Change needs to start somewhere, but the effort that goes into these roofs is still largely an unknown. How long will it take for this technology to be available to the masses? How long will the waiting list be? How many houses will they really be able to convert in a year?

Even more unknown than the logistics is the price. We haven’t received any specific details on cost for this system, but considering the sophistication included in the engineering, Musk appears to be using his Tesla and SpaceX strategy of starting at the top of the economic ladder and working his way down. Musk did say that these will be priced competitively for a new roof plus solar add-ons, so he might really bring a one-two punch to both industries.

That means the original product will be priced at a premium in order to increase cash flow that will help further development and bring the cost of these solar roofs down to a more affordable price for a wider audience.

So What’s Next?

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Just as the world isn’t suddenly all driving powerful fully-electric vehicles like Tesla’s fleet of cars and SUV (not for wanting, I think we all drool a little when we see one drive by), the roofs of the world won’t suddenly all be converted into personal solar farms overnight.

Change needs to start somewhere, but the effort that goes into these roofs is still largely an unknown. How long will it take for this technology to be available to the masses? How long will the waiting list be? How many houses will they really be able to convert in a year?

Even more unknown than the logistics is the price. We haven’t received any specific details on cost for this system, but considering the sophistication included in the engineering, Musk appears to be using his Tesla and SpaceX strategy of starting at the top of the economic ladder and working his way down. Musk did say that these will be priced competitively for a new roof plus solar add-ons, so he might really bring a one-two punch to both industries.

That means the original product will be priced at a premium in order to increase cash flow that will help further development and bring the cost of these solar roofs down to a more affordable price for a wider audience.

So What’s Next?

What we’ll see next is probably what we’ve seen with Tesla in the automotive industry. We’ll see high performing new technology compared to the traditional alternative, and we’ll see a high customer satisfaction rating both lighting the fires of interest under homeowners’ behinds.

It’s gonna be increasingly harder to sell a traditional roof or solar setup to someone who knows about this system and is already thinking about upgrading, so it’s time to study up on the other new technologies available in order to compete.

Both roofing companies and solar companies will both have to start moving faster and get smarter in order to adapt to the new changes and remain competitive. This won’t be the only company offering these, despite proprietary technology and patents. This will eventually be the new mainstream, though that time is still a long ways off.

But, if you’re still living with a pencil and paper solution for running either your roofing or solar business, it’s time to light the fire under your own behind and get into gear.

The future is coming, and it ain’t gonna wait around for any of us. Take it by the horns.

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Source: The Verge

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