A Guide to Buying Tesla Solar Panels (Or Roof Shingles)

A Guide to Buying Tesla Solar Panels (Or Roof Shingles)

When you think of solar panels, chances are you think of big, ugly, bulky panels sitting on your roof announcing to the neighborhood that you have gone solar. While the energy savings and environmental benefits of solar panels far outweigh their unsightly appearance, would it not be preferable to go solar without sacrificing the curb appeal?

Thanks to Tesla, you can. Tesla is producing solar energy systems that are efficient and affordable while still pleasing to the eye. Today, the goal is to give you a comprehensive guide to buying Tesla solar panels or Solar Roof shingles. Read on for all the information you need in order to buy these solar panels or a Solar Roof for your home.

Determine Your Budget

Because the Tesla company is so well known, you may be concerned with the possibility of “paying for the name.” When you buy a name brand, you can expect to pay more. However, this is not the case with Tesla solar panels.

Tesla solar panels are the most affordable solar panels available in the US. Tesla now boasts prices 30 percent lower than any other company in the solar industry. They have made this price drop possible by reducing their sales and marketing costs by 67 percent and passing those savings on to consumers.

Tesla reduced sales and marketing costs by switching from individual plans for each house to fixed solar system sizes and implementing a simple, one-click ordering system.

How Much Do Tesla Solar Panels Cost?

Tesla calculates your system recommendation using the information you provide them. Therefore, if you enter a lower monthly electric bill average, the recommended system will cost less. The higher your monthly electric bill is, the more your Tesla solar panels will cost you to meet your electricity production needs.

For example, entering an address in Chula Vista, California, changes the monthly electric bill average from $100 to $200 and then $300. These are the results for the same address with different electric bill averages.

Average Monthly Electric BillRecommended Solar PanelsRecommended PowerwallsTotal System PriceLoan Price Per Month
$1004.08 kW1$13,657$101
$2008.16 kW2$24,354$181
$30012.24 kW3$35,051$260

Tesla also takes your location into account, and the prices for a solar energy system will reflect that as well. For example, these are the results when the address was changed to an address in Lewisville, Texas.

Average Monthly Electric BillRecommended Solar PanelsRecommended PowerwallsTotal System PriceLoan Price Per Month
$1008.16 kW2$24,716$168
$20016.32 kW4$46,472$316
$30016.32 kW4$46,472$316

You might notice that for a house in Lewisville, Texas, the recommended system stayed the same for a $200 and $300 electric bill. The change here was the Powerwall backup energy. While 4 Powerwalls provided 2.5 days of backup power with a $200 electric bill, that number changed to 12 hours of backup power with a $300 electric bill.

How Much Does a Tesla Solar Roof Cost?

Just as with Tesla solar panels, the price of Solar Roof shingles will vary depending on several factors. Some factors that Tesla will consider while determining the price of your Solar Roof are:

  • The location of your home
  • The square footage of your roof
  • Your average monthly electric bill
  • Available incentives in your area

Tesla Solar Roofs are also quite affordable because of the company’s 62 percent reduction in sales and marketing costs. In fact, purchasing a Tesla Solar Roof will probably cost you about the same amount as purchasing a regular solar panel system from any other company in the solar industry.

Just as with solar panels, Tesla will determine which Solar Roof is best for you by using the information that you provide them. Therefore, the price of your Solar Roof installation and the recommended system will change depending on your location, roof size, and what you believe your average monthly electric bill is.

Lewisville, Texas / $200 Monthly Electric Bill Average
Roof Size in Square FeetRecommended Solar RoofRecommended PowerwallsTotal Solar Roof PriceLoan Price Per Month
1,0006 kW2$28,308$219
2,00012 kW3$48,846$378
3,00015.6 kW4$65,741$509

Once again, an address in Chula Vista, California, and an address in Lewisville, Texas, were used to draw up some examples. Entering both houses with the same monthly electric bill average and changing only the location and square footage.

Chula Vista, California / $200 Monthly Electric Bill Average
Roof Size in Square FeetRecommended Solar RoofRecommended PowerwallsTotal Solar Roof PriceLoan Price Per Month
1,0006 kW2$28,041$218
2,0008 kW2$30,678$293
3,0008 kW2$44,462$345

Does Tesla Offer Discounts on Solar Products?

Tesla solar is already the lowest cost-per-watt solar on the market, but are there any other ways to save money when ordering?

In short, the only way to get a discount on Tesla solar products is by using an existing Tesla owners “referral link” when ordering.

Tesla has did this same “referral program” concept with it’s vehicles and essentially it allows new customers to get a discount on their purchase by using an existing customers personal referral link.

In regards to Tesla solar discounts, using a Tesla referral link when ordering will save you $300 off solar panels or $500 off solar roof.

The referral discounts are typically only available for a limited time before Tesla stops offering the discount, so take advantage of the savings while you can.

tesla solar panel discount

Determine Whether You Want Solar Panels or a Solar Roof

While Tesla is not the only name in the solar game, the company is working hard to become the frontrunner in the solar energy market. As shown above, Tesla offers both solar panels and the Tesla Solar Roof. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Why Choose Tesla Solar Panels?

Tesla solar panels are installed on your existing roof. Features of the solar panels are as follows:

  • Low-profile design
  • Concealed edges to hide grid
  • Durability

The solar panels are just that, panels. They are not full roofs. While Tesla has a knack for its low-profile and aesthetically pleasing styles, you will still notice a solar panel when it is installed on your roof.

However, as you can see from the tables above, a solar panel is a lot less expensive upfront than a full Solar Roof for this same reason.

Why Choose a Tesla Solar Roof?

The Tesla Solar Roof is a one-of-a-kind solar power system. Features of the Solar Roof include:

  • A fully-integrated roof with mixed solar and non-solar tiles
  • Seamless design
  • Durability

The Solar Roof replaces your entire roof. While it is not a great investment if you are not in the market for a new roof, it is absolutely worth it if you are planning on replacing your roof. Unlike with solar panels, you do not notice the Solar Roof because there is no uneven paneling. The Solar Roof is where Tesla’s aesthetic skill shines.

Order Your Solar Panels Online

As mentioned above, Tesla now offers a one-click ordering system on their website. Simply log on to Tesla.com and select solar panels from the menu at the top of the landing page. When you are rerouted to the solar panels page, click the button labeled “order now.”

The Tesla ordering page offers you several helpful features during the ordering process:

  • Tesla’s recommendations for Powerwalls based on your home size and monthly energy usage
  • Tesla’s instant quote, which includes installation costs
  • Possible incentives
  • Pricing whether you are purchasing outright or purchasing through a loan

Once you have decided on your system purchase, Tesla will require a $100 non-refundable order fee that is due at the time of your order. You will see space to enter your card details and place your order. As soon as your order has been placed, Tesla will begin submitting permits and preparing for your installation.

Order Your Tesla Solar Roof Online

The Solar Roof can be purchased in the same way as Tesla solar panels, thanks to the company website’s one-click order feature. Simply log on to Tesla.com, select the option for Solar Roofs at the top of the landing page, and click the order now button.

Tesla will reroute you to a page where you will enter details such as the address of your home, the square footage of your roof, and your average monthly electric bill. If you choose to order a Tesla Solar Roof, the company will require a $100 order fee that will be due at the time of your order.

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The articles here on ThatTeslaChannel.com are created by Greg, a Tesla vehicle and Tesla solar expert with nearly half a decade of hands-on experience. The information on this site is fact-checked and tested in-person to ensure the best possible level of accuracy.

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