In October 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that a new Tesla Solar Roof was on deck. This innovative solar roof, from Tesla’s SolarCity, differs from most solar panel installations. It is a true roof in and of itself, not just solar panels laid over an existing roof. These glass shingles absorb solar energy, which is then transferred to a battery. Ostensibly, this should allow the homeowner to save money on electricity through harnessing the power of the sun.
Tesla Solar Roofs are expected to arrive in Canada at some point in 2021 (although no exact date has been announced– and costs yet to be determined). By installing a solar roof, homeowners don’t have to install individual solar panels to generate electricity, which some property owners find visually displeasing. Many homeowners are excited for the arrival, as these solar roofs are truly impressive– they can look just like any other new roof in the neighbourhood and they offer energy efficiency. They really are the way of the future.
The development of Tesla Solar Roofs has had its hurdles, most specifically the increasing expense. In April 2020, Musk said Tesla had run into trouble “assessing the difficulty of certain roofs,” and said that the “complexity of roofs varies dramatically.” At No Payne, we are hopefully optimistic that these setbacks will be sorted by the time roofs arrive in Canada. Our clients need to make informed decisions as to whether these roofs are right for them.
Why should you consider a Tesla Solar Roof? Like any roofing decision, it is up to the individual homeowner. Musk predicted that “in the future, it will be odd for roofs to be dormant, or dead, or not gather[ing] energy”, adding that “you have to ask, what is the future that you want? I think the answer to that, for most of us, is you look around the neighborhood and the roofs are doing something, they’re gathering energy, and they’re very beautiful.”
If you’re looking to make upgrades regarding the long term future of your home and want to increase its value at the same time, be sure to contact us at No Payne Roofing. You’ll be the first to know when the Tesla Solar Roof is here!