Elon Musk has recently revealed his new plan for obtaining energy in an eco-friendly way. He thinks that solar roofs are the future of the industry. According to him, all houses in the United States should use such a system, and this will make the difference.
The new plan from the Tesla and SpaceX official involves SolarCity and Tesla technology, as well as solar cells. The developer explains that solar roofs are actually more economical in the long run than classic ones. They are designed to provide the homes they are installed on with energy.
The idea of solar roofs is not an original one. Shingles powered with energy from the Sun have been around for more than ten years. The first such theory was suggested back in 2005. However, the alternative solution of solar energy was not widely embraced.
Elon Musk presented his plan at a special event in Los Angeles on October 28. The event was held at Universal Studios. He mentioned that the tiles would have a glass-looking appearance. He also added that the solar panels would be oriented towards the Sun in such a way so that they should receive the maximum of heat and light. However, many details have been kept from the public. So the exact way of functioning of the system was not revealed by producers.
As far as design concerned, the new solar roofs will look like normal ones from the outside. However, their glass-like design will make them transparent for the Sun. The solar roofs also work with Powerwall batteries provided by Tesla.
Tesla developed several versions of tiles, such as Textured Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, Smooth Glass Tile, and Slate Glass Tile. According to developers, these new panels are much more resistant than the traditional versions of roofs.
Information on how the systems are installed and how much they cost have not been revealed yet. However, the new technology can’t come at a low price. The Powerwall alone costs more than five thousand dollars.
The solar roofs are not the only product based on alternative energy that is promoted by Tesla. The company also offers electric cars and power sources. The project regarding the solar panels also counts on the contribution of SolarCity. Tesla is currently trying to buy the energy provider and incorporate it into the company. The final decision regarding the deal will be announced next month.
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