Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the SolarCity group will start taking orders on solar roofing shingles starting next month.
As has become frequent with Musk, the announcement came via the innovator’s Twitter account.
@HolsMichael Start taking orders in April
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2017
Musk released the solar roofing project last October after acquiring SolarCity for $2.1 billion. Despite the merger, Musk made clear that Tesla and SolarCity would remain separate entities. SolarCity’s roofing tiles would partner with Tesla’s Powerwall project for onsite energy storage.
Currently, SolarCity will offer four options of shingles: smooth glass, textured glass, French slate, and Tuscan glass. Musk noted in November that the solar roof would cost less than a traditional roof.
“It’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account,” he said. “So the basic proposition would be, ‘Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less, and by the way generates electricity?’ It’s like, why would you get anything else?”
However, the company has yet to provide concrete details on the prices of those tiles or the exact efficiency of the product. SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said both Tesla and SolarCity are working towards 40 cents a watt. This would make it competitive with other power options. Looks like we’ll have to wait until April to get full answers. In the meantime, feel free to relive the release of Solar Roof in the video below: