13 May, 2017
In replies to enquiries on the tweet announcing the availability of the Tesla solar energy tile on Twitter, Musk said that delivery and installation would begin to other countries next year, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
Musk sold investors on Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity with the promise of providing an expanded selection of clean energy products.
Tesla has opened pre-orders for Solar Roofs based on the tiles it unveiled past year. However, there has been a slight delay.
Tesla Australia have published a blog post detailing the benefits users can expect from a solar roof, most notable the ability to turn sunlight into power without an electricity company.
The company will start shipping and installation of solar roofs later this year in the USA and in 2018 for other countries.
Tesla will soon start production of two styles of the solar tiles: a smooth glass and a textured glass version, and will be available for installation in the summer beginning in 2018.
The roof panels were announced previous year and come in four styles - textured, smooth, Tuscan and slate.
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The vision Musk describes with the solar roof is the grand unification of Tesla's clean-energy ambitions, combining solar power, batteries, and electric cars. The cost of Solar Roof is less. Certain tiles will have the photovoltaic cells embedded in them while some won't due to varying sun exposure for the tiles. The power and weatherization warranty is 30 years.
The product will come "with a warranty for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first", the company said. If you were to look at it from a helicopter, you would be actually able to look through and see that some of the glass tiles have a solar cell behind them and some do not.
"Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles".
A Tesla promotional image of a home fitted with solar roof tiles.
It said that a US$1,000 refundable deposit is required to place an order, and the group will offer financing options for U.S. solar roof installation by the end of the year.
Musk said that he would give more information in 10 hours, and did not reveal a price for the solar roof tiles.