This could be the future for renewable energy in the home.
Elon Musk has made the bold announcement that his company will be able to produce solar paneled roofs for homes that will be cheaper than the cost of fitting a regular roof, even before the roof has produced any energy.
While solar panels are very effective, people are often put off buying them due to their cost. The price of the cost they say is usually factored in to the amount you will save in the long run, but Musk’s new claim has blown this idea out of the water.
If this really is the case, then we should be seeing only solar paneled roofs fitted once these are available, it would be madness to get a regular roof fitted when you can have a cheaper one installed that will also work for your home.
It is thought this pricing has come as a reflection of the ever competitive renewable energy market.
“It’s looking quite promising that a solar roof actually cost less than normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account.
So the basic proposition would be ‘Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, last twice as long, cost less and by the way generates electricity’ why would you get anything else.”
The new roofs are super lightweight thanks to glass that was specially designed for Tesla that weighs up to a fifth lighter than regular glass. This should also account for the low price as the labor costs will be minimal.
Tesla say they are expected to start rolling out their new roof products next year, when we could well see a revolution in the way new, and old roofs are fitted acroos the country.