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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:53

It’s here: Solar roof tiles

Solar has just become unobtrusive and, well, even good-looking with Tesla’s launch of solar roof tiles. Designed and engineered together with the recently acquired SolarCity, the goal was to create a beautiful roof that is efficient at the same time, making homes look good while reducing the cost of electricity.

The solar roof consists of uniquely designed, long-lasting tempered glass tiles embedded with the highest efficiency photovoltaic cells and covered with a coloured louvre film that allows cells to blend into the roof while exposing them to sunlight. The solar tiles are thereby integrated into the roof and are not visible when viewed from the street, yet are fully exposed to the sun.

The tiles are infinitely customisable for a variety of different home styles, each uniquely engineered so that the photovoltaic cells are invisible. The technology also allows only certain sections of the roof to contain the hidden solar technology, while still having the entire roof look the same.

They are offered in four designs to complement a variety of architectural styles:
•    Textured Glass Tile.
•    Slate Glass Tile.
•    Tuscan Glass Tile.
•    Smooth Glass Tile.

A complete energy solution
The development of solar roof tiles is part of Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and complements the company’s development of other energy solutions. With sustainable energy generation, Tesla batteries to store the energy and electric cars become even more meaningful.

These new roofs will seamlessly and beautifully supply renewable energy to homes, battery storage systems and back into the grid creating savings for owners. When combined with Tesla Powerwall, the solar roof can power an entire home with 100% renewable energy.

Full thanks and acknowledgment are given to Tesla for the information given to write this article.


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