Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Sollar Roof from SolarCity

Clean Power

Tesla Solar Roof Tile Mass Production Began Last Month, Surveying Of Homes Of Deposit Holders Has Begun

Tesla has shared that it began mass production of its new solar roof tiles at its facility in Buffalo, New York, last month. Surveys of the homes of deposit holders are now underway.

Tesla has shared that it began mass production of its new solar roof tiles at its facility in Buffalo, New York, last month. Surveys of the homes of deposit holders are now underway.

Initial installations at the homes of those who put down $1,000 deposits in 2017 will begin sometime over the next few months, reportedly.

Tesla Solar Roof

This news follows the beginning of conventional solar photovoltaic cell production at the Buffalo manufacturing plant a few weeks beforehand.

It also follows on comments back in November from Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the product was being put through a half-year testing program before full deployment, and that “it just takes a little while to get this behemoth rolling.”

Sollar Roof from SolarCity

Reuters provides more: “More than a dozen Tesla employees, including Musk and Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel, had the solar roofs installed on their homes last year as part of an initial pilot program.

“Tesla started taking orders for the solar roof tiles in May by asking homeowners to put down a $1,000 deposit via its web site. Tesla would not disclose how many reservations it had received for the solar roof. The product will be installed on some customer rooftops in the coming months. The company has said its solar roofs would cost between 10% and 15% less than an ordinary new roof plus traditional solar panels. … The company said it will achieve more than 1 gigawatt of cell and module production in Buffalo, and possibly as much as double that, but gave no timeline for meeting the target.”

As some further background here, the work at the Buffalo facility is being done in cooperation with Tesla’s partner, Panasonic Corp, which obviously has a great deal of experience manufacturing solar photovoltaic (PV) products.

Part of the reason for the relatively slow rollout of the solar roof tiles is that the company’s focus in recent months has been on resolving the Model 3 production bottleneck.

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
Written By

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

Comments

You May Also Like

Clean Transport

Electric school buses are experiencing rapid growth in the United States, with a nearly 10-fold increase in commitments by school districts and fleet operators in the...

Clean Transport

The Tesla used car market is especially hot, with new car delivery dates extending farther and farther out as demand increases. To many potential...

Cars

By Roger Bauche, as told to David Waterworth

Cars

Germany, Europe’s largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicles take 25.5% share in July. This up from 22.6% year on year. Overall auto market...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.