Solar roof tiles – Tesla

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Last year, Tesla revealed the "Powerwall" – a revolutionary new energy storage system for homes and businesses. The company has now taken this concept a step further by unveiling a new range of solar-powered roof tiles, able to blend seamlessly into an existing building's appearance. In addition, Tesla has doubled the energy capacity of the original Powerwall, now released as a version 2. By combining the solar roof tiles, the Powerwall 2, and an electric vehicle, Tesla hopes to create the opportunity for a zero emission lifestyle.

The solar roof tiles will be available in four distinct styles: "Textured Glass Tile," "Slate Glass Tile," "Tuscan Glass Tile, and "Smooth Glass Tile." They can be integrated into both new homes, as well as older buildings whose existing rooves need replacing.

"The goal is to have solar rooves that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation, and actually have an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity," said Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. "So why would you buy anything else?" At his presentation in Los Angeles, the tiles were showcased on homes once used as the set for US drama Desperate Housewives.

The potential market for solar roof tiles is huge. In the US alone, up to five million new homes are being built each year. Musk is hoping Tesla/Solar City can supply at least 10% of these new homes with energy-generating solar roof tiles by 2020.
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