How Much Does the Tesla Solar Roof Cost?
Tesla has become the most forward thinking company in the world with regards to renewable energy and sustainability. Elon Musk recently introduced the new solar roof tiles which are now available and should revolutionize the roofing industry. These tiles take the place of the shingles providing a seamless design that is extremely efficient and sensible compared to the current solar panels which are attached on top of your common roof. Tesla offers different stylish designs for the tiles including Textured, Smooth, Tuscan and Slate. Consumers will also need to purchase the Tesla Powerwall battery which will store and provide the energy from the tiles, along with pushing extra energy back into the grid resulting in sweet credit from your power company.
Tesla has a very informative widget on their website that allows someone to enter their address and get a very detailed quote on the costs including any tax credit that would be applicable. Go ahead and check it out here to input your info: https://www.tesla.com/solarroof
I live in the Midwest, so I chose a house in Minneapolis that is average size at around 1600 ft.² living space with a single roof. For this example, the cost of the roof is $40,100, and the cost of the power wall battery is $7000. This also includes installation fees which are all handled by a company called Solar City. The tax credit in Minnesota for this roof is $11,600. Tesla estimates that this roof will generate $31,800 of energy over 30 years, which makes the initial cost of the Tesla roof $35,500 after you calculate the tax credit. After considering 30 years of owning the roof, the total cost becomes $3700.
Also, anything after this will become more money in your pocket. They offer a lifetime warranty on the tiles, which are made from tempered glass and are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. The battery does not have a similar warranty and may need to be replaced at some point. Either way, it seems like a very smart choice especially if you need a new roof anyways. I would wait until that time to strongly consider the Tesla solar roof.