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    Thursday, November 03, 2016

    Serious Questions About Tesla’s Solar Roofs

    5 Questions You Should Have About Elon Musk's New Solar Roofs; It's Too Soon To Say Whether They Have A Bright Future

    Mary Beth Griggs, November 2, 2016 (Popular Science)

    “…[SolarCity and Tesla just] announced the development of solar roofs…[T]he solar cell embedded in each durable glass-encased tile is designed to be completely invisible from the street, which is something that sets this solar roof apart from other rooftop solar options…But there are still a lot of questions…How will these solar tiles perform?...[The prototypes of the new solar tiles are 2 percent less efficient than] existing solar panel technology…As they move toward production in 2017, SolarCity may be able to increase efficiency…How well will the solar roof act like a roof?...[SolarCity says the] roofs will be held to all applicable solar and roofing standards…[Including] energy efficiency, water proofing, electrical/fire safety, resistance to wind/snow loading and hail impact…How much will they cost?...[SolarCity says the] roof will be priced to cost less than an equivalent roof type when projected utility bill savings are factored in…Will people still be able to lease the panels?...SolarCity says more information about financing options for solar roofs will be available in 2017…Will existing roofing companies be able to install these, or will homeowners need to go through SolarCity for installation?...The solar roofs will be a new roofing product, which will likely mean that roofers will need specialized training…” click here for more

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