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Tesla Reveals Solar Roof Tiles


"Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk wasn't kidding when he said the new Tesla solar roof product was better looking than an ordinary roof: the roofing replacement with solar energy gathering powers does indeed look great. It's a far cry from the obvious and somewhat weird aftermarket panels you see applied to roofs after the fact today [...] Each [tile] is transparent to solar, but appears opaque when viewed from an angle. The current versions of the tiles actually have a two percent loss on efficiency, so 98 percent of what you'd normally get from a traditional solar panel, according to Elon Musk. But the company is working with 3M on improved coatings that have the potential to possibly go above normal efficiency, since it could trap the light within, leading to it bouncing around and resulting in less energy loss overall before it's fully diffused. 

Of course, there's the matter of price: Tesla's roof cost less than the full cost of a roof and electricity will be competitive or better than the cost of a traditional roof combined with the cost of electricity from the grid, Musk said. Tesla declined to provide specific pricing at the moment, since it will depend on a number of factors including installation specifics on a per home basis."

Tesla has always been on the forefront of technology, from self-driving cars to solar-powered energy walls. Now they're venturing into solar roof tiles! Not only are they beautifully designed and come in many different styles like Tuscan Glass, Slate Glass, Textured Glass, and Smooth Glass, but they are affordable, durable, and nearly invisible from the street. Check out the video they've posted on their website.

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