SolarCity has worked hard for years to provide building owners a simple and cost-effective way to go green by harnessing the power of solar energy. As the largest solar energy services provider in the United States, they have installed and helped finance hundreds of thousands of solar energy systems across the country. Despite early success and sales in the millions, solar energy’s high cost and unflattering aesthetic has stopped many from making the transition.
Since Solarcity was acquired by Tesla last november, the company has continued to make headlines as it unveiled three new products over the past year that promise to finally make solar energy cheaper than traditional utilities.
Tesla’s New Solar Roof
In November of 2016, Elon Musk unveiled the world’s first-ever solar roof. “The goal,” Musk said, “is to have solar roofs that look better than a normal roof.” Despite just generating electricity, Musk also said Tesla’s new solar roofs will “last longer” than a traditional roof and have “better insulation.” Without announcing a price, Musk promised that once released, a Tesla solar roof would “than an equivalent roof, with projected savings from your utility bill.” Tesla is expected to begin taking orders for their new solar roofs as soon as the end of April of this year.
A New Redesigned Solar Panel
If you’ve been following Tesla at all over the last year, you probably know about their new gigafactory, and their partnership with Panasonic. Over the last few years, Tesla and Panasonic have worked part and parcel, each working together to bring down the cost of lithium-ion batteries. The new factory, which is currently only 14% of its eventual size, will produce more lithium-ion batteries annually than the entire rest of the world combined. Now Panasonic has lended its innovative touch to another one of Tesla’s products, the solar panel. The new Panasonic panels have a sleek and low-profile design. Featuring “integrated front skirts,” the new panels notably have “no visible mounting hardware.”
Tesla’s New Powerwall 2
For years, Tesla has been working hard to tackle the high cost associated with electricity storage. Their new Powerwall 2 energy-storage device just might have cracked the code.
All of these Tesla products can be viewed on their website www.tesla.com/energy.