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JB Straubel Clarifies Tesla Position On Solar Roof, Powerwall. Expect Big Things…

JB Straubel Clarifies Tesla Position On Solar Roof, Powerwall. Expect Big Things…

    JB Straubel Clarifies Tesla Position On Solar Roof, Powerwall. Expect Big Things — Next Year

    CleanTechnica contributor Kyle Field is building a new home in California. Kyle is a Tesla kinda guy. He is currently waiting for his Model 3 to arrive (today!) and really wants a Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall to be part of his new house. Kyle says he contacted Tesla in April and was told — in so many words — “Yeah, we’ll get back to you on that but don’t hold your breath.” Since then? Nothing.

    Kyle’s experience is not unique. Just this week, USA Today ruffled a few feathers when it reported on Tesla’s solar business, which is off about 50% from a year ago. “March into a Tesla store and show interest in a 6,000 Powerwall, and you’ll be told the wait is six to nine months. Ask about the upmarket Solar Roof, and you’ll come away with a price estimate and a possible installation date of 2019 or beyond,” it said.

    Tesla And Solar

    In typical Muskian fashion, Elon held a splashy reveal ceremony for the Solar Roof in 2016. In May of 2017, Tesla announced it was ready to accept orders for the Solar Roof. In June, it claimed it was optimizing the tiles for Rapid installation. In September, it announced that production of the tiles had begun at Gigafactory 2 in New York. The company made a big deal about putting kiosks in 800 Home Depot stores to attract interest from customers. USA Today says that deal has now been cancelled and those kiosks will disappear by the end of this year.

    Tesla has all but closed down the marketing of rooftop solar systems — once the lifeblood of SolarCity. Where once it controlled a third of the market, it is now trailing SunRun and Vivint Solar, with a market share of just 16%. SolarCity was a pioneer of the no-money-down leasing model for rooftop solar at a time when getting a loan from the bank for a rooftop solar system was difficult and uncommon. As rooftop solar came down and banks got more comfortable with the technology, the need for leasing — which often costs more in the end — faded.

    Tesla has virtually shut down all leasing programs and switched to a new business model that focuses on conventional financing. Leasing means waiting years to get paid. Financing brings cash in the door as soon as the deal closes. And that may be the key to what’s really behind the “missing in action” status of Tesla’s solar products today. It is more financially sensible for SolarCity, but means a slowdown in its business.

    Cash Crunch

    Elon might deny it even if you forced him to ride for a week in a diesel-powered Smart car with the Windows up and no air conditioning, but Tesla may be teetering on the brink of extinction unless it can bring some money in the door soon. Its Rapid growth and production ramp has been using cash like liquid oxygen in a Falcon 9 rocket at launch time. Its credit rating has been lowered. The short-seller sharks are circling. Some on and off of Wall Street are nervous.

    Musk has promised the company does not need to raise more cash in commercial markets and will be profitable by the end of this year. And the key place that money is going to come from is sales of the Model 3. That’s where the company’s FOCUS is at the moment and where it will stay, apparently, until the cash crunch is over. An analysis by The Motley Fool suggests as much. It refers to a statement made by Tesla in its first quarter letter to shareholders earlier this year: “Rather than prioritizing the growth of MW of solar deployed at any cost, we are selectively deploying projects that have higher margin and generate cash up front. This will improve the business unit’s cash generation.”

    Hype And Wait?

    JB Straubel told USA Today this week that big things are coming for Tesla’s solar and residential energy storage products. The company is taking all those sales consultants that were going to be on duty at Home Depot kiosks and transferring them to Tesla stores, where new displays are being installed. “No one should see us as stepping back from solar. In fact, it’s the opposite,” he said. “It’s like with Model 3. People have come flooding in and are waiting on the product. So now we’re aggressively ramping our capacity.” The company simply can’t keep up with demand.

    Some may see this as the same old story from Tesla — over-promise and under-deliver. Many of the people who stood in the rain for hours to reserve a Model 3 in 2016 may not actually get to drive their cars until 2019. Customers for the Solar Roof and Powerwall may have to wait two years or more to get the products Musk promised with such fanfare. It’s not bait and switch, exactly. Musk and Tesla get there eventually. But the constant “hype and wait” paradigm is beginning to wear a bit thin. We have seen it with the Model X. We have seen it with the Model 3. And now we are seeing it again with the Solar Roof. It’s as if no one ever read the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf to Elon as a child.

    Elon Musk is a complicated person. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is constantly jumping in to help out where he can, whether it’s people in Puerto Rico who have seen their lives flattened by a hurricane, trapped children in Thailand, or people drinking poisonous water in Flint, Michigan. But his antics have a tinge of PT Barnum about them. One gets the impression he is peddling furiously to keep the Tesla balloon aloft with “burst weeks” at the Fremont factory and other Herculean efforts beyond the capability of mere mortals. Many would just like to see him tweet less and produce more.

    Big Things Are Coming

    Has Tesla ceded leadership in residential solar to others? “The market size isn’t an issue for Tesla. They just need to manufacture product to a level of quality that people demand,” Mark Osborne, editor of PV Tech tells USA Today. “If they can do that, the opportunity for Tesla long term is fine.”

    Straubel adds, “We’re focused intently on the customer experience, not on having a higher market share. We’re looking at the bigger picture.”

    And the bigger picture is very encouraging indeed. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates the number of US single-family homes with solar systems will hit 2 million by the end of this year. Within 5 years, that number is expected to grow to 4 million. “Across the country, solar really still is in its infancy,” SEIA spokesman Dan Whitten says.

    Anne Hoskins, chief policy officer for Sunrun, adds, “We opened up in Illinois and they’re clamoring for the service for reasons such as wanting clean energy and energy independence. We’re just at the beginning. A growing number of people want control over their electric bill.” In a recent poll by Morning Consult, 58% of respondents said they are thinking about adding solar to their homes and nearly two thirds said they approve of California’s newly announced policies requiring all new homes to have solar installations.

    Just as many car shoppers are content to wait for their Model 3 to get built, home solar customers want the Tesla product or nothing. John Weaver, a solar energy contractor in New Bedford, Massachusetts, tells USA Today, “The feeling is if you want the hottest and latest stuff, you have to go with Elon. The hope is still that he’ll deliver all of this at a price that works for the masses.”

    JB Straubel takes the “Don’t worry. Be happy” approach. “We’re not worried,” he says. “The growth ahead will be enormous.”

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    Missouri’s Premier Roofing Solar Company Tesla Solar Roofing

    Ask how you can get a solar system at no out-of- expense!

    We are Tesla Installers in Missouri

    Now you can access solar power and have a beautiful roof. Tesla’s Solar Roof brings you energy savings and the visual appeal of a modern-looking roof. When your neighbors have lost power, your lights will still be on thanks to your Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall.

    Why a Tesla Solar Roof?

    Solar Roof is arguably the most beautiful, durable, clean energy generating roof ever made. It refuses to compromise on quality, functionality, or aesthetics. They just work, allowing you to live a more sustainable independent lifestyle without even thinking about it. Solar Roof Powerwall gives you control over your energy, automatically adjusting to optimize your sustainability, economics, and security.

    Want to invest a Solar Roof? Here are some questions to consider:

    What if you could invest in a home improvement project that not only pays for itself, but also generates positive value over its lifetime?

    How would you feel to pay yourself for your own electricity, rather than throwing it away money after month?

    How would it feel to know your Solar Roof and Tesla Powerwall can make your family more resilient during blackouts?

    It becomes most feasible to install Solar Roof when you’re considering installing solar panels on a luxury roof, such as Slate, Tile, or Metal. The cost can range from between 30-50/ sq. ft, depending on roofing surface area (Sq ft.), complexity of the roof (pitch number of roof planes), size of the PV system and number of inverters, number of Tesla Powerwalls, added energy management integration with SPAN, location, and more.

    Tesla Solar Roof Benefits

    Longevity

    Tesla Solar Roofs are long-lasting and durable. They don’t break down as quickly or easily as shingles. They will continue to protect your home against storm and water damage for years to come. plus Tesla offers a 25-year warranty.

    Building Equity

    You were probably advised to buy a home rather than rent because when you buy, you are building equity. When you rent, you’re just paying out money you’ll never get back. The difference between installing a Tesla Solar Roof and paying for electricity is similar.

    Offsetting Electric Bills

    A Tesla Solar Roof will soon pay for itself by offsetting your electric bill. Once the roof has paid for itself, you’ll be saving money each month. A home with a roof that saves you money each month is definitely valuable!

    Self-Sustained Power

    Self-sustained power is another huge advantage of installing a Tesla Solar Roof. Any extra electricity generated during the day is stored in a battery –the Powerwall– so you can use it at night. If the power grid goes down, you will still have electricity.

    Tesla cares about the quality of your roof. Only an Authorized Installer can purchase and install Tesla roofs. Kelly Roofing is proud to be an authorized Tesla installer for Tesla Solar Roof, Tesla Solar, and Tesla Powerwalls.6

    We Care About Your Opinion

    “A A Quality Roofing receives my highest recommendation. I have worked with countless contractors in my industry and Al and his team are by far, the best!”

    “Great job at a great price. Al was always very prompt to resopnd to questions and very helpful. Will definitely use again and recommend to friends.”

    “Great crew with strong work ethic. Excellent quality and great attention to detail. Superb post project customer service. Highly recommend!

    “The best roofing company around, hands down! Very professional company, fantastic quality product, fast and super efficient roofing installment team, price was very fair and the most fantastic clean-up I have ever seen!

    “Excellent roofing work, outstanding job building two new porches and extended overhang. Kept excellent job site and left totally clean. Last but not least, very friendly and professional to work with.

    “Very pleased with the gutters A A Quality Roofing put on our home. The employees were all very friendly professional. We had a request for the work to be done sooner than planned they were very quick to help accommodate to our needs.

    “A A Quality Roofing receives my highest recommendation. I have worked with countless contractors in my industry and Al and his team are by far, the best!”

    “Great job at a great price. Al was always very prompt to resopnd to questions and very helpful. Will definitely use again and recommend to friends.”

    “Great crew with strong work ethic. Excellent quality and great attention to detail. Superb post project customer service. Highly recommend!

    “The best roofing company around, hands down! Very professional company, fantastic quality product, fast and super efficient roofing installment team, price was very fair and the most fantastic clean-up I have ever seen!

    “Excellent roofing work, outstanding job building two new porches and extended overhang. Kept excellent job site and left totally clean. Last but not least, very friendly and professional to work with.

    “Very pleased with the gutters A A Quality Roofing put on our home. The employees were all very friendly professional. We had a request for the work to be done sooner than planned they were very quick to help accommodate to our needs.

    How Does It Work?

    Step 1: Estimate Tool

    Request a free estimate for the price of a Solar Roof on your home. Our Sales Representatives will review your submission to ensure your estimate accurately reflects your project.

    Step 2: Design

    Based on the initial estimate, if you decide Solar Roof could be right for your home, you can move into the formal design phase. We work with you to more thoroughly evaluate your solar energy goals, project requirements, and production potential for different solar roof configurations.

    Step 3: Order Install

    Before the final installation, we prepare all the necessary permitting and documents to make sure your home, city, and electric company are ready for your Solar Roof.

    Tesla Solar Roof FAQs

    Our wait times to begin installing Tesla Solar Roofs are 2-3 months, depending on the project. Smaller, simpler projects may begin more quickly, while larger, more complex projects may take longer to begin. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible so we can schedule your project and get to work!

    Tesla Solar Roof can easily power most homes. AA Quality Roofing will consider several factors to make sure that your solar roof can provide adequate power to your home. Many of those factors include:

    Kilowatt Production

    We’ll make sure that your solar roof is capable of the kilowatt production (or electricity generation) your home needs. For large homes that have several power hungry appliances, like hot tubs and large HVAC systems, your kilowatt needs will be larger. Smaller homes with fewer appliances will need less kilowatt production.

    AA Quality Roofing will perform an energy audit during the design phase of your Solar Roof, so we’ll know exactly how much kilowatt production your home will need.

    Roof Design

    Not all roofs are capable of the same solar capture. Complicated roofs may need more photovoltaic tiles capable of solar capture compared to simple, flat roofs. Our design experts will make sure we know how many photovoltaic tiles are needed, and even if your roof design works with Solar Roof.

    Energy Independence

    Many of our solar product customers want to be as independent from the electric grid as possible. While not all municipalities allow for true independence, we’ll make sure you maximize your solar capture and energy production.

    Our design experts may recommend Powerwall, a home battery, to store excess electric production for when solar capture is low, like at night.

    Solar products in general, including Solar Roof, can increase the value of your home. The reason for that is:

    • Carbon footprint reduction
    • Energy Independence
    • Selling energy to the grid (depending on where you live)

    Tesla Solar Roof also offers unique benefits not found with other solar products, like:

    • A sleek, modern aesthetic
    • A premium, durable roof
    • Compatibility with products like Powerwall to aid in energy independence

    Getting a Tesla Solar Roof is a great investment into your home. Not only will you get a cutting-edge solar product, you’re also receiving a premium roof.

    Can you go off-grid with a Powerwall and Tesla Solar Roof?

    straubel, clarifies, tesla, position, solar

    It is possible to go off-grid with a Powerwall and a Tesla Solar Roof, but going off-grid requires more than just having these two products. If you want to be completely off-grid, you’ll need to have all of the following:

    Sufficient Kilowatt Production (or Solar Capture)

    If your roof isn’t capable of capturing enough sunlight for your electric needs, then you won’t be able to go off-grid. AA Quality Roofing will perform an energy audit of how much energy you currently use. Depending on the layout of your roof, it may not be possible to be completely off-grid, though our technicians will be able to determine this during your free consultation.

    Living in a Municipality or Having a Utility That Allows You to Be Off-Grid

    Unfortunately, even if you have the hardware and kilowatt production required to be off-grid, sometimes it’s simply not allowed. Local municipalities and utility companies often require you to be connected to the energy grid. Some will even cap how many kilowatts your roof is allowed to produce.

    If you aren’t sure whether you’re allowed to go off-grid, our Certified Installers will let you know about energy regulations specific to your location and electric utility.

    Do I get a tax credit with Tesla Solar Roof?

    In 2022, your Tesla Solar Roof will be eligible for a tax credit equal to 26% of the total cost of the project. This includes the material costs and the installation costs. We guarantee we’ll get you the best tax credit available for your solar project.

    How much energy can Tesla Solar Roof generate?

    A Tesla Solar Roof can generate an enormous range of energy, starting from very low production for small homes to large production for larger homes or businesses. The lowest kilowatt roof we have installed was a 4KW roof, while the highest we have installed is a 51KW roof. Those aren’t lower and upper limits, it’s just the range of what our customers have needed!

    How much kilowatts your Solar Roof can produce is largely based on the photovoltaic tiles (or PV tiles) used to build your roof. Each tile produces 72W of energy, but your roof will also have basic tempered glass tiles that can’t produce energy. Our Solar Roof experts will determine how many PV tiles are needed to satisfy your energy needs.

    Remember, sometimes local regulations will limit how many kilowatts your roof can produce, so it’s possible you won’t have enough PV tiles to meet all of your energy needs and truly go off-grid. We’ll let you know about the specific regulations in your area and how much kilowatts your roof will be allowed to produce.

    Does Tesla Solar price include installation?

    When you receive a price quote from us, it will include both materials and installation costs. You won’t need to worry about surprise fees or expenses. Remember, the 26% tax credit you’ll receive on your Solar Roof includes material and installation costs.

    Once we begin installation, you can expect an average installation time of about a week to complete the project. This is a rough estimate, and there are a lot of factors that can impact your timeframe. When we give you a project quote, we’ll also give you a more accurate estimate of how long the project will take. Here are some factors that can impact installation times:

    • The size of your roof. Larger roofs take more time.
    • The design of your roof. Steep and/or complex roof designs will take longer to install.
    • Required permits. The more permits that are required to be able to begin construction, the longer the overall install time will take.
    • Weather. Severe weather (like ice, snow, and thunderstorms) will delay installation times.

    Finally, the local utility may delay when you can begin using your Solar Roof. Even after installation is complete, the utility will need to take action to formally connect it to the grid, when required. We’ll give you a rough estimate of how long it will take, depending on your location.

    What is the difference between Solar Roof and traditional solar panels?

    Traditional solar panels are fixtures that are installed on your roof. Their kilowatt production is comparable to Solar Roof, and sometimes they are a better choice for roofs that have a design that just doesn’t work for the PV tiles used in Solar Roof installations. Like Solar Roof, traditional panels reduce your carbon footprint and are a step towards energy independence.

    Solar Roof, on the other hand, is the roof. The PV tiles and non-functional tempered glass tiles replace the shingles used in traditional roofs. They are extremely durable, and also create a sleek aesthetic that makes your roof look amazing. Solar Roof is also designed to easily work with products like Powerwall, a Tesla-branded battery that stores excess electricity.

    Our solar product experts will help you to determine which solar product is right for your home or for your energy needs.

    Solar energy systems are rated based on kilowatts (kW) of DC power and a Solar Roof system could be designed at almost any level, but generally we see 8-15 kW as a typical range. We have projects planned that will be as high as 50kW. Actual annual production of kilowatt hours (kWh) AC power is dependent on other variables that are carefully evaluated during the design process, such as roof slope orientation, expected hours of sunlight, and shading. Our early experience from the design process suggests that most homes in our markets that are otherwise a good design fit can support enough production to replace 80% of a home’s annual electrical consumption.

    Yes! For tax year 2022 there is a 26% Investment Tax Credit available that applies to a large portion of a Solar Roof installation and all of a Powerwall installation when done as part of a solar project. Some states and utilities have other credits available, and we usually can inform you if there are additional incentives in your area.

    Pricing is still evolving but our general guidance is that a new Solar Roof is likely to cost between 1500-2000 square before incentives. This figure is highly dependent on the size of the photovoltaic (PV) system chosen (the number of “active” PV tiles compared to glass tiles) and the complexity of the roof design and number of obstructions (skylights, chimneys, pipes) on the roof deck. We are optimistic about developing expertise and methods of installing this more efficiently over time to hopefully bring this price down in the future. We have an online configuration tool to help you estimate the price of your project.

    A single Powerwall battery storage system installation runs between 11,000. 13,000 depending on whether other electrical upgrades are necessary. Additional Powerwall units can be added for around 9,000 to increase storage and backup capacity.

    Yes! We are pleased to offer a financing program through Sunlight Financial that is designed exclusively for Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall. The program offers 10 or 20 year fixed rate loans with no prepayment penalty and a one-time optional re-amortization that allows homeowners to apply tax refunds from the Investment Tax Credit to reduce monthly payments for the remainder of the loan. In some cases, our clients have found it even more the current interest rate and property value environment has made refinancing an attractive option for some clients.

    The system is designed to be installed on nearly any common sloped roof design in the market today. The system has the best value and most competitive installed pricing when a roof has a few large rectangular slopes with good south-facing exposures. We find that roofs with an excessive amount of hips and valleys or with a large number of dormers or a large proportion of small slopes are extremely labor-intensive leading to an unusually high installation cost.

    Don’t worry! Solar Roof is easy to repair in almost every situation. One of the advantages of working with a local/regional company like AA Quality Roofing is that we have a service department that can respond quickly in all of our markets and we have an inventory of spare parts on hand. We use specialized hand tools that allow us to easily remove individual tiles to service cabling or components underneath or to snap in replacement tiles if needed.

    Missouri’s Premier Roofing Solar Company Tesla Solar Roofing

    Ask how you can get a solar system at no out-of- expense!

    We are Tesla Installers in Missouri

    Now you can access solar power and have a beautiful roof. Tesla’s Solar Roof brings you energy savings and the visual appeal of a modern-looking roof. When your neighbors have lost power, your lights will still be on thanks to your Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall.

    Why a Tesla Solar Roof?

    Solar Roof is arguably the most beautiful, durable, clean energy generating roof ever made. It refuses to compromise on quality, functionality, or aesthetics. They just work, allowing you to live a more sustainable independent lifestyle without even thinking about it. Solar Roof Powerwall gives you control over your energy, automatically adjusting to optimize your sustainability, economics, and security.

    Want to invest a Solar Roof? Here are some questions to consider:

    straubel, clarifies, tesla, position, solar

    What if you could invest in a home improvement project that not only pays for itself, but also generates positive value over its lifetime?

    How would you feel to pay yourself for your own electricity, rather than throwing it away money after month?

    How would it feel to know your Solar Roof and Tesla Powerwall can make your family more resilient during blackouts?

    It becomes most feasible to install Solar Roof when you’re considering installing solar panels on a luxury roof, such as Slate, Tile, or Metal. The cost can range from between 30-50/ sq. ft, depending on roofing surface area (Sq ft.), complexity of the roof (pitch number of roof planes), size of the PV system and number of inverters, number of Tesla Powerwalls, added energy management integration with SPAN, location, and more.

    Tesla Solar Roof Benefits

    Longevity

    Tesla Solar Roofs are long-lasting and durable. They don’t break down as quickly or easily as shingles. They will continue to protect your home against storm and water damage for years to come. plus Tesla offers a 25-year warranty.

    Building Equity

    You were probably advised to buy a home rather than rent because when you buy, you are building equity. When you rent, you’re just paying out money you’ll never get back. The difference between installing a Tesla Solar Roof and paying for electricity is similar.

    Offsetting Electric Bills

    A Tesla Solar Roof will soon pay for itself by offsetting your electric bill. Once the roof has paid for itself, you’ll be saving money each month. A home with a roof that saves you money each month is definitely valuable!

    Self-Sustained Power

    Self-sustained power is another huge advantage of installing a Tesla Solar Roof. Any extra electricity generated during the day is stored in a battery –the Powerwall– so you can use it at night. If the power grid goes down, you will still have electricity.

    Tesla cares about the quality of your roof. Only an Authorized Installer can purchase and install Tesla roofs. Kelly Roofing is proud to be an authorized Tesla installer for Tesla Solar Roof, Tesla Solar, and Tesla Powerwalls.6

    straubel, clarifies, tesla, position, solar

    We Care About Your Opinion

    “A A Quality Roofing receives my highest recommendation. I have worked with countless contractors in my industry and Al and his team are by far, the best!”

    “Great job at a great price. Al was always very prompt to resopnd to questions and very helpful. Will definitely use again and recommend to friends.”

    “Great crew with strong work ethic. Excellent quality and great attention to detail. Superb post project customer service. Highly recommend!

    “The best roofing company around, hands down! Very professional company, fantastic quality product, fast and super efficient roofing installment team, price was very fair and the most fantastic clean-up I have ever seen!

    “Excellent roofing work, outstanding job building two new porches and extended overhang. Kept excellent job site and left totally clean. Last but not least, very friendly and professional to work with.

    “Very pleased with the gutters A A Quality Roofing put on our home. The employees were all very friendly professional. We had a request for the work to be done sooner than planned they were very quick to help accommodate to our needs.

    “A A Quality Roofing receives my highest recommendation. I have worked with countless contractors in my industry and Al and his team are by far, the best!”

    “Great job at a great price. Al was always very prompt to resopnd to questions and very helpful. Will definitely use again and recommend to friends.”

    “Great crew with strong work ethic. Excellent quality and great attention to detail. Superb post project customer service. Highly recommend!

    “The best roofing company around, hands down! Very professional company, fantastic quality product, fast and super efficient roofing installment team, price was very fair and the most fantastic clean-up I have ever seen!

    “Excellent roofing work, outstanding job building two new porches and extended overhang. Kept excellent job site and left totally clean. Last but not least, very friendly and professional to work with.

    “Very pleased with the gutters A A Quality Roofing put on our home. The employees were all very friendly professional. We had a request for the work to be done sooner than planned they were very quick to help accommodate to our needs.

    How Does It Work?

    Step 1: Estimate Tool

    Request a free estimate for the price of a Solar Roof on your home. Our Sales Representatives will review your submission to ensure your estimate accurately reflects your project.

    Step 2: Design

    Based on the initial estimate, if you decide Solar Roof could be right for your home, you can move into the formal design phase. We work with you to more thoroughly evaluate your solar energy goals, project requirements, and production potential for different solar roof configurations.

    Step 3: Order Install

    Before the final installation, we prepare all the necessary permitting and documents to make sure your home, city, and electric company are ready for your Solar Roof.

    Tesla Solar Roof FAQs

    Our wait times to begin installing Tesla Solar Roofs are 2-3 months, depending on the project. Smaller, simpler projects may begin more quickly, while larger, more complex projects may take longer to begin. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible so we can schedule your project and get to work!

    Tesla Solar Roof can easily power most homes. AA Quality Roofing will consider several factors to make sure that your solar roof can provide adequate power to your home. Many of those factors include:

    Kilowatt Production

    We’ll make sure that your solar roof is capable of the kilowatt production (or electricity generation) your home needs. For large homes that have several power hungry appliances, like hot tubs and large HVAC systems, your kilowatt needs will be larger. Smaller homes with fewer appliances will need less kilowatt production.

    AA Quality Roofing will perform an energy audit during the design phase of your Solar Roof, so we’ll know exactly how much kilowatt production your home will need.

    Roof Design

    Not all roofs are capable of the same solar capture. Complicated roofs may need more photovoltaic tiles capable of solar capture compared to simple, flat roofs. Our design experts will make sure we know how many photovoltaic tiles are needed, and even if your roof design works with Solar Roof.

    Energy Independence

    Many of our solar product customers want to be as independent from the electric grid as possible. While not all municipalities allow for true independence, we’ll make sure you maximize your solar capture and energy production.

    Our design experts may recommend Powerwall, a home battery, to store excess electric production for when solar capture is low, like at night.

    Solar products in general, including Solar Roof, can increase the value of your home. The reason for that is:

    • Carbon footprint reduction
    • Energy Independence
    • Selling energy to the grid (depending on where you live)

    Tesla Solar Roof also offers unique benefits not found with other solar products, like:

    • A sleek, modern aesthetic
    • A premium, durable roof
    • Compatibility with products like Powerwall to aid in energy independence

    Getting a Tesla Solar Roof is a great investment into your home. Not only will you get a cutting-edge solar product, you’re also receiving a premium roof.

    Can you go off-grid with a Powerwall and Tesla Solar Roof?

    It is possible to go off-grid with a Powerwall and a Tesla Solar Roof, but going off-grid requires more than just having these two products. If you want to be completely off-grid, you’ll need to have all of the following:

    straubel, clarifies, tesla, position, solar

    Sufficient Kilowatt Production (or Solar Capture)

    If your roof isn’t capable of capturing enough sunlight for your electric needs, then you won’t be able to go off-grid. AA Quality Roofing will perform an energy audit of how much energy you currently use. Depending on the layout of your roof, it may not be possible to be completely off-grid, though our technicians will be able to determine this during your free consultation.

    Living in a Municipality or Having a Utility That Allows You to Be Off-Grid

    Unfortunately, even if you have the hardware and kilowatt production required to be off-grid, sometimes it’s simply not allowed. Local municipalities and utility companies often require you to be connected to the energy grid. Some will even cap how many kilowatts your roof is allowed to produce.

    If you aren’t sure whether you’re allowed to go off-grid, our Certified Installers will let you know about energy regulations specific to your location and electric utility.

    Do I get a tax credit with Tesla Solar Roof?

    In 2022, your Tesla Solar Roof will be eligible for a tax credit equal to 26% of the total cost of the project. This includes the material costs and the installation costs. We guarantee we’ll get you the best tax credit available for your solar project.

    How much energy can Tesla Solar Roof generate?

    A Tesla Solar Roof can generate an enormous range of energy, starting from very low production for small homes to large production for larger homes or businesses. The lowest kilowatt roof we have installed was a 4KW roof, while the highest we have installed is a 51KW roof. Those aren’t lower and upper limits, it’s just the range of what our customers have needed!

    How much kilowatts your Solar Roof can produce is largely based on the photovoltaic tiles (or PV tiles) used to build your roof. Each tile produces 72W of energy, but your roof will also have basic tempered glass tiles that can’t produce energy. Our Solar Roof experts will determine how many PV tiles are needed to satisfy your energy needs.

    Remember, sometimes local regulations will limit how many kilowatts your roof can produce, so it’s possible you won’t have enough PV tiles to meet all of your energy needs and truly go off-grid. We’ll let you know about the specific regulations in your area and how much kilowatts your roof will be allowed to produce.

    Does Tesla Solar price include installation?

    When you receive a price quote from us, it will include both materials and installation costs. You won’t need to worry about surprise fees or expenses. Remember, the 26% tax credit you’ll receive on your Solar Roof includes material and installation costs.

    Once we begin installation, you can expect an average installation time of about a week to complete the project. This is a rough estimate, and there are a lot of factors that can impact your timeframe. When we give you a project quote, we’ll also give you a more accurate estimate of how long the project will take. Here are some factors that can impact installation times:

    • The size of your roof. Larger roofs take more time.
    • The design of your roof. Steep and/or complex roof designs will take longer to install.
    • Required permits. The more permits that are required to be able to begin construction, the longer the overall install time will take.
    • Weather. Severe weather (like ice, snow, and thunderstorms) will delay installation times.

    Finally, the local utility may delay when you can begin using your Solar Roof. Even after installation is complete, the utility will need to take action to formally connect it to the grid, when required. We’ll give you a rough estimate of how long it will take, depending on your location.

    What is the difference between Solar Roof and traditional solar panels?

    Traditional solar panels are fixtures that are installed on your roof. Their kilowatt production is comparable to Solar Roof, and sometimes they are a better choice for roofs that have a design that just doesn’t work for the PV tiles used in Solar Roof installations. Like Solar Roof, traditional panels reduce your carbon footprint and are a step towards energy independence.

    Solar Roof, on the other hand, is the roof. The PV tiles and non-functional tempered glass tiles replace the shingles used in traditional roofs. They are extremely durable, and also create a sleek aesthetic that makes your roof look amazing. Solar Roof is also designed to easily work with products like Powerwall, a Tesla-branded battery that stores excess electricity.

    Our solar product experts will help you to determine which solar product is right for your home or for your energy needs.

    Solar energy systems are rated based on kilowatts (kW) of DC power and a Solar Roof system could be designed at almost any level, but generally we see 8-15 kW as a typical range. We have projects planned that will be as high as 50kW. Actual annual production of kilowatt hours (kWh) AC power is dependent on other variables that are carefully evaluated during the design process, such as roof slope orientation, expected hours of sunlight, and shading. Our early experience from the design process suggests that most homes in our markets that are otherwise a good design fit can support enough production to replace 80% of a home’s annual electrical consumption.

    Yes! For tax year 2022 there is a 26% Investment Tax Credit available that applies to a large portion of a Solar Roof installation and all of a Powerwall installation when done as part of a solar project. Some states and utilities have other credits available, and we usually can inform you if there are additional incentives in your area.

    Pricing is still evolving but our general guidance is that a new Solar Roof is likely to cost between 1500-2000 square before incentives. This figure is highly dependent on the size of the photovoltaic (PV) system chosen (the number of “active” PV tiles compared to glass tiles) and the complexity of the roof design and number of obstructions (skylights, chimneys, pipes) on the roof deck. We are optimistic about developing expertise and methods of installing this more efficiently over time to hopefully bring this price down in the future. We have an online configuration tool to help you estimate the price of your project.

    A single Powerwall battery storage system installation runs between 11,000. 13,000 depending on whether other electrical upgrades are necessary. Additional Powerwall units can be added for around 9,000 to increase storage and backup capacity.

    Yes! We are pleased to offer a financing program through Sunlight Financial that is designed exclusively for Tesla Solar Roof and Powerwall. The program offers 10 or 20 year fixed rate loans with no prepayment penalty and a one-time optional re-amortization that allows homeowners to apply tax refunds from the Investment Tax Credit to reduce monthly payments for the remainder of the loan. In some cases, our clients have found it even more the current interest rate and property value environment has made refinancing an attractive option for some clients.

    The system is designed to be installed on nearly any common sloped roof design in the market today. The system has the best value and most competitive installed pricing when a roof has a few large rectangular slopes with good south-facing exposures. We find that roofs with an excessive amount of hips and valleys or with a large number of dormers or a large proportion of small slopes are extremely labor-intensive leading to an unusually high installation cost.

    Don’t worry! Solar Roof is easy to repair in almost every situation. One of the advantages of working with a local/regional company like AA Quality Roofing is that we have a service department that can respond quickly in all of our markets and we have an inventory of spare parts on hand. We use specialized hand tools that allow us to easily remove individual tiles to service cabling or components underneath or to snap in replacement tiles if needed.

    energy when you need it most

    You likely know Tesla to be one of the leaders in green technology in the automobile industry. Now you can apply the environmentally friendly ingenuity of this company to your home’s energy supply. Tesla Powerwall is a backup battery that can help you achieve energy independence when coupled with solar panels. or energy security for traditional grid-connected homes. The unit is designed to seamlessly integrate into exterior or interior applications, and can be programmed to discharge energy when low-cost, backup energy is most needed, like at night or during grid outages. Whether you’re employing solar energy or not, Tesla Powerwall will keep your lights on during the next storm or hurricane while your neighbors search frantically for flashlights. And it’ll help make your monthly energy bills significantly lower!

    tesla powerwall exterior

    On the outside, Tesla Powerwall has a sleek, low-profile design that makes it durable yet visually satisfying for residential and commercial applications. It’s water-resistant and dustproof, making it usable in both indoor and outdoor applications. Mount your Tesla Powerwall on a wall or on the floor — whatever works best for your space and needs. It’s completely safe for animals and families — no exterior wires or hot vents to worry about.

    tesla powerwall interior

    Inside, Tesla Powerwall is made of the best materials to help it run quietly and efficiently. Includes an internal converter, 14 kWh lithium ion battery pack, and liquid cooling system. No maintenance required after installation. Tesla Powerwall runs quietly — no loud humming or buzzing.

    The Tesla app

    Like all Tesla products, Tesla Powerwall is compatible with the Tesla app for smartphones. You’ll be able to download the app, register your Tesla Powerwall, and instantly see how your unit is interacting with your home, and also make changes to its operation according to your needs. The app enables a Tesla Powerwall user to monitor energy usage and observe how the unit is functioning within the home. It also allows a user to customize the unit to achieve various modes that determine how and when it will charge and discharge. For example, you can choose to reserve a desired percentage of energy at all times so you’ll always have power available should an outage arise. Settings like this can be controlled easily from within the app and only take about an hour to become effective.

    HOW IT WORKS

    Tesla Powerwall is cutting-edge energy technology, but the concept is quite simple: it’s an efficient backup battery system designed to store excess energy and to know when you need it most. Tesla Powerwall can be used with or without solar panels.

    Tesla Powerwall was designed to work in conjunction with a solar array to help achieve complete energy independence. It works like this:

    • Solar panels produce a surplus of energy throughout the day which is stored in Tesla Powerwall during daylight hours.
    • Tesla Powerwall discharges this energy when it’s needed most: at night, or during detected grid outages if your home is still connected to the electric grid.
    • The unit is able to detect outages and power needs entirely on its own — you don’t have to do anything!

    Tesla Powerwall can also provide dramatic energy savings and a clean energy alternative for structures without solar panels.

    • The unit is programmed to charge when energy rates are low, storing up excess energy from the grid at a lower rate.
    • At peak hours, Tesla Powerwall will discharge and use that stored-up energy to power your home, saving you big on electric bills every month by utilizing only low-rate energy.

    You’ll also have a reliable backup during grid outages, too. Tesla Powerwall can detect outages within a fraction of a second and begin to discharge instantly, providing you with a seamless transition to backup power with no interruption whatsoever.

    PROSOLAR FLORIDA IS A CERTIFIED TESLA INSTALLER!

    We at ProSolar Florida are Certified Tesla Powerwall installers. Our Solar Energy Specialists have gone through the necessary instruction and certification process with Tesla in order to install Tesla Powerwall in your home. You can rely on our skill and experience to make the process seamless from start to finish. We’ll take care of every aspect of the process, from financing, to permitting, to installation. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the savings and peace of mind that will come with complete energy independence using one of the most advanced clean energy products on the market.

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