Tesla Solar Roof: Awesome, but Still Beyond the Reach of an Average Household

Tesla’s Solar Roof is a futuristic invention, with the potential to supply a pure and stable electricity at home- for those who can afford it.


I am always on the lookout for innovations in renewable energies. In general, we all want to pay less fare for a steady supply of electricity. So when I heard about the new Tesla Solar Roof, I decided to check it out myself. Beautiful would be a proper one-word description of the solar tiles. And that’s just in appearance. The tiles also generate and reserve energy for later use. According to the description on their website, the Solar Roof is cool enough to complement your home’s design, while turning sunlight into electricity.

If the new tech’s appearance is not enough to get your head spinning, then how about the durability. We are not talking about the usual offer of a one, or five-year warranty. With Solar Roof, it is till eternity do you apart; you get a lifetime warranty. Because the glass solar tiles are so durable, natural weather elements are unlikely to cause any damage to it.

Solar Roof begins a new phase in the quest for steady and clean electricity for houses. Right now we are talking about a solar roof for power generation. Imagine how much power generating we will be talking with the addition of a solar wall and solar appliances.

As much as you would like to have a piece of Tesla Solar Roof, it will take a while before it is obtainable by an average consumer. More so if you live outside the US. International buyers who can afford it would have to wait until next year to get an installation. Right now the cost of the tiles is considered expensive, even though analyst suggest that it will eventually save more money in the long run.

Regardless of your calculation, Solar Roof is still an expensive investment. Imagine an upfront payment of about $50,000 in the US alone, not to mention the fact that it will cost more for buyers from outside the US. On average most countries charge 11 percent tariff on solar panels, assuming the Solar Roof falls under that category.  Tesla’s Solar Roof production facilities are all located in the US for now. And that means an international buyer will need to factor in the cost of shipment. Then add the cost of installation, a premium of a sort. Given that Tesla’s owned Solar City is the only company licensed to install Solar Roof.

Undoubtedly, solar roofs and similar technologies are the future of electricity. For the meantime, however, most of us will continue to rely on affordable solar panels and solar panel kits from eBay.