Harnessing Star Power

Solar City has announced their newest solar panels which are modified roofing panels, and they're significantly more affordable than was anticipated.

Tesla will begin with production of two of the four styles it unveiled in October: a smooth glass and a textured glass tile. 1 Roofing a 2,000 square-foot home in New York state—with 40 percent coverage of active solar tiles and battery backup for night-time use—would cost about $50,000 after federal tax credits and generate $64,000 in energy over 30 years, according to Tesla’s website calculator

A roofing panel which generates a return on value over time is an interesting proposition.

Tesla’s cost for active solar tiles is about $42 per square foot, “significantly below” BNEF’s prior estimate of $68 per square foot, Bromley said. Inactive tiles will cost $11 per square foot.

$50,000 will certainly provide some sticker shock but there are plenty of advantages for making the investment. Elon Musk is looking to bring a high end luxury experience to homeowners with these panels.

The tempered glass in Tesla's tiles is designed to conform to the toughest durability standards for both roofs and solar products anywhere in the U.S., according to Tesla. The roof itself is guaranteed to outlive your home, while the power production of the solar cells is covered under a 30 year warranty. 
Tesla will manage the entire process of solar roof installation, including removal of existing roofs, design, permits, installation and maintenance. The company estimates that installation will take about a week.

Musk had a fun tweet highlighting the vaunted durability,