The Tesla Photo voltaic Roof is flourishing within the sunshine. In the course of the firm’s second-quarter earnings name on Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk revealed the corporate has already put in an enormous variety of roofs — and it’s bought huge plans for the long run, with larger manufacturing charges anticipated for the next yr.
“We now have a number of hundred properties with the Photo voltaic Roof on them, and that’s going nicely,” Musk mentioned. “It takes some time to simply affirm that the Photo voltaic Roof goes to final for 30 years and all the main points work out, and we’re working with first responders to verify it’s protected within the occasion of a fireplace and that form of factor. So it’s fairly an extended validation program for a roof which has bought to final for 30, 40, 50 years, however we additionally anticipate to ramp that up subsequent yr at our Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo.”
The Tesla Photo voltaic Roof.
It’s exhausting to say for certain how a lot every roof price, because it varies on dimension and the ratio of solar-harvesting tiles to “dummy” non-solar tiles. Photo voltaic tiles price $42 per sq. foot, whereas non-solar prices $11 per sq. foot. Tesla recommends $21.85 per sq. foot, primarily based on 35 p.c photo voltaic tiles. Whereas Amanda Tobler purchased a 2,000-square-foot roof for her residence with 40 p.c photo voltaic for $50,000, Tri Huynh paid $85,000 for a 1,000-square-foot roof with 70 p.c photo voltaic.
Musk additionally famous that the corporate is “cell-starved” for the Powerwall, the battery unit bought with the photo voltaic roof to offer clear power when the solar isn’t shining. Tesla needed to “artificially restrict” the variety of Powerwalls delivery to satisfy its objectives, and it now expects to ramp up manufacturing on these and the business-focused Powerpacks later this yr and early subsequent yr.
Tesla is ready to share extra particulars about its photo voltaic efforts throughout the firm’s subsequent earnings name, scheduled for 3 months’ time from now. The subsequent name ought to present extra element about whether or not the recent summer time months have persuaded extra folks to go photo voltaic.
This surge in gross sales isn’t completely sudden, although — after the primary installations went dwell in April, value comparability website EnergySage informed Inverse that it was seeing a 45 p.c spike in visits to related content material on its web site.
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