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Tesla: Fast cars, big batteries, and Now stunning solar rooftop.

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ : TSLA) and sister company SolarCity (NASDAQ : SCTY) unveiled new solar roofing tiles at an event on Friday at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. The concept behind the new technology is to make solar panels “as appealing as electric cars,” Musk told the audience.


Elon Musk shows off a solar roof tile, one of four different styles Tesla and SolarCity say are less of an eyesore than traditional solar panels. Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to ditch clunky solar panels in favor of sleek solar roofs..

“The goal is … to make solar roofs that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation and an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity,” Musk said. Musk is also chairman of SolarCity, which Tesla plans to buy in a $2.2 billion acquisition deal.
Traditional solar panels typically have photovoltaic cells assembled on a rectangular glass frame that sits on top of a roof. Tesla and SolarCity have updated the look by embedding technology that converts sunlight into electricity within glass roofing tiles.


The pricing on the new solar roof is a bit—squishy. Musk said that someone who buys a Tesla roof will save money compared with someone who buys a comparable traditional roof plus electricity from the grid. But make no mistake: This will be a premium product, at least when it first rolls out. The terra cotta and slate roofs Tesla mimicked are among the most expensive roofing materials on the market. SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive noted that the price of a conventional roof can vary widely, from $7,000 to $70,000—based on materials, size, complexity, location—so giving out firm prices of a solar roof at this point would be difficult.


The goal is to make solar panels less of an eyesore and more of what consumers would like to install on their modern homes. Musk showcased various types of solar roofs, which were set up on mock buildings around the studio.

Tesla will make four variations of the glass roof tiles: an American-style textured glass tile; a French slate roof tile; one with a smooth, modern look; and a Tuscan tile that mimics Italian terracotta roofing. SolarCity will begin making solar products next summer at a factory in Buffalo, New York.


In addition to the solar panels, Musk also revealed new versions of its batteries for buildings and the power grid. Tesla’s newest generation Powerwall 2 will cost $5,500 and can provide 14 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is enough juice to power a four-bedroom home for a day.“People always think of Tesla as an electric-car company, but really the whole point of Tesla was to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy,” Musk said.

After Tesla merges with SolarCity, the combined company is expected to achieve more than $150 million in cost savings in its first year. Additional information about the proposed merger is planned for Nov. 1. Shareholders on each side of the transaction are scheduled to vote on the merger on Nov. 17.
“It is the metaphoric 'super-car' of residential solar,” said BNEF solar analyst Hugh Bromley. “It portrays cutting-edge technology with broad appeal, but … it competes in a solar market where most customers are comfortable in a family sedan.”
Last week, Tesla reported third-quarter profits of $22 million, or 14 cents per share, beating Wall Street’s expectations. It’s the first quarterly profit Palo Alto-based Tesla has reported since the first quarter of 2013.

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