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Tesla says solar roof is on its third iteration, currently installing in 8 states

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Tesla is now installing its solar roof merchandise in eight nations, according to Elon Musk, speaking in the Tesla Annual Shareholder Meeting on Tuesday. The solar roof-tile job has had a relatively long genesis because being unveiled three years ago, at 2016.

In 2017, the business claimed its first-ever installations of the Tesla solar roof, after opening up orders for the product in the next quarter of that year. Musk noted during the firm ’so called Q2 2017 earnings call both himself and Tesla CTO JB Straubel had the tiles installed and operating on their homes.

The business also announced a year ago that it had entered into a partnership with Home Depot to market its solar panels, along with its PowerWall home battery, but that was about its traditional panels specifically, not the tile product. The tiles are made to seem like high quality home tiles individuals use now, with integrated solar panels that are not easily identified from ground level, so as to provide a more aesthetically pleasing solution.

Besides getting installations operate in eight nations, Musk explained the solar roof product is now on version three, and that this variant is quite exciting to him because it gives a chance of being at price parity with an equal entry cheap conventional tile, when you include the expense of utilities that you ’d be saving from generating your own power rather.

Regarding timelines for broader rollout of these solar roofing products in the costs he anticipates, his own words likely say it best: “I’m sometimes a small optimistic about time frames — it’s time you understood,” he joked in the assembly.

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