Tesla Announces Revamped Version of Their Solar Roof to Bring Down Costs

Tesla Solar Roof Version 3

Three years after announcing their solar shingles, Tesla is introducing their new version of the solar roof and hoping that, this time, the launch goes off without a hitch. CEO Elon Musk announced Version 3 of the Tesla Solar Roof during a recent earnings call, mentioning that the company has made the necessary improvements to scale up production and bring down costs.

The announcement comes about 2.5 years after Tesla started taking orders for the first iteration of the solar shingles, which they hoped would revolutionize the industry. Since then, it's been a hard uphill climb for the Tesla Solar Roof. Even Musk acknowledged that the first two versions of the technology were a bit of an experiment. But it looks like things are now ready to change.

So what's new in Version 3? While there have been technical improvements, the most important change is the size of the shingles. Originally 14 inches long by roughly 8 inches wide, their numerous connections made installation quite laborious. The version 3 solar shingles are 45 inches long by 15 inches wide—a significant jump. Not only will this make the Tesla Solar Roof quicker to install, but it will also bring down the overall cost.

Tesla Solar Shingles Version 3

Potential buyers will also be pleased to hear that they can now have their own contractor install the solar roof, as Tesla has dropped the requirement that their SolarCity installation crew be used. This is part of the company's strategy to not only scale up but to concentrate resources on production.

In the future, Tesla plans to focus on bringing down installation time even further in an effort to make their product comparable to a traditional shingle roof. This would mean a full installation in less than a day. It may be a tall order, but Elon Musk has certainly proved that he's up for a good challenge.

Curious about the costs? Get a price estimate by checking the official Tesla Solar Roof website and entering your address.

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h/t: [treehugger]

All images via Tesla.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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