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Published on December 15th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider


A Closer Look At Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles (Videos)

December 15th, 2019 by  

Arash Malek gives us a great close up shot of Tesla’s Solar Roof while at a Tesla Service Center in El Cerrito, CA. Tesla’s Solar Roof is a unique roofing invention that fuses a roof with solar panel glass in a beautiful and artistic way that provides a cost-competitive alternative to power for your home.

Video by Arash Malek

Arash zooms into where you can see the detail of the Solar Roof tiles, and they really don’t look like glass at all but painted wood. The Solar Roof tiles are three times stronger than normal roofing tiles — something Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, demonstrated on Halloween by dropping a pumpkin from the roof onto a sample of Solar tiles on the ground.

“I thought it was fake at first,” Arash Malek, founder of Scentwedge, tells me, “because it was so thin and looked about as thick as a glass plate. But then, when you look closer you can see the solar array. It has a cool connection mechanism and a nice textured glass on top. Also, you can’t see the solar cells from an angle.”

Video by Arash Malek

I asked Arash another question: Besides the Solar Roof tile itself, what else is unique that Tesla has and other companies can use to improve their own products? He answered, “I don’t think anyone else has a tile like this. It will replace solar panels and it’s just the whole roof, so you get two in one.”

Arash provides a great look at the Tesla Solar Roof tiles for those of us who haven’t really seen it in person or have really just glanced at a couple photos or videos online. To me, it looks like some type of wooden pieces that have been painted then glazed over with a shiny glaze that one would use to protect paintings. I often used hairspray on my finished paintings — to get that shiny affect.

The Tesla Solar Roof is indeed a work of art — one that will be useful and help us transition to using better and sustainable energy. It’s a triple win that also adds a few jobs to the US economy. 


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is a Baton Rouge artist, gem, and mineral collector, member of the International Gem Society, and a Tesla shareholder who believes in Elon Musk and Tesla. Elon Musk advised her in 2018 to “Believe in Good.” Tesla is one of many good things to believe in. You can find Johnna on Twitter

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