Tesla roof tiles are growing in popularity because of their versatility. But are these tiles available in Australia? Engineered for all weather protection, these roof tiles are now available for Australian consumers.
Tesla Australia launched its offer for solar roof tiles in 2019 and is now listed on the company’s Australia website. This product was available for Australian consumers earlier in 2020.
What are solar roof tiles, and why are they a valued product in the Australian market? Continue reading for more product information and guidelines to choose the best product for your home.
Now Available in Australia- What the offer Includes
Now that Tesla roof tiles are available in Australia, what does that mean for the consumer? Homeowners can now replace their current roof with one composed of solar tiles. The solar tiled roof comes with the following:
- Power wall battery
- Selection of size for your home
- 25-year warranty
Powerwall battery- Why is This Important?
The Tesla Solar Roof is composed of glass tiles that converts sunlight into energy that is used to provide electricity. The integration of the Powerwall battery strengthens this process to ensure a consistent and reliable source of energy.
Why is this necessary? Solar panel systems can not capture energy at night, and they operate at reduced efficiency during periods of inclement weather. When this happens, your solar panels must rely on purchased energy from the grid they are tied to.
Purchasing energy from the grid means that the homeowner is losing value related to energy. Here’s how it works. The homeowner is sending energy at a reduced price and then having to purchase it back at an inflated cost.
The Powerwall battery cuts out the middleman by storing your energy for future use. This is a huge money saver, decreases your carbon footprint, and is a more sustainable energy source.
Tesla Battery Self-Powered
Tesla’s battery is 100% self-powered, which means that homeowners who have the Tesla Solar Roof tiles installed will never have to rely on the energy grid for reserve energy again.
In the event of a power outage or several days of cloudy weather, the Powerwall battery can provide seven days of continuous power. Unlike a backup generator, Powerwall maintains your normal energy level so you can run appliances and charge your devices without
- Additional upkeep
- Excessive noise
Selecting the Right Size of Tesla Solar Roof For Your Home
Tesla offers a roof pitch of anywhere from 14 to 90 degrees. The company will work with customers to customize the installation size that will best accommodate the energy needs of your home. Typically, the installation sizes provide these amounts of energy:
- A smaller installation produces an average of 13-18 kWh per day
- A mid-sized installation produces an average of 26-36 kWh per day
- A larger installation produces an average of 38-55 kWh per day
The Solar Tile Warranty
Tesla solar tiles come with a warranty for the lifetime of your house. The warranty covers any physical damage to the glass in the tiles. Even after the 30 years (of the other warranties), if a tile is damaged, it will be covered under the lifetime warranty.
Here is the breakdown of the product warranty customers receive.
|Physical Damage to Solar Tiles||Lifetime of the home|
|Powerwall Warranty||25 years|
|Weatherization Warranty Covering: Hail (Class C ANSI FM 4473)Wind (Class F ASTM D3161)Fire (Class A UL 790)||25 years|
Tesla tiles are the highest quality and most durable tiles on the market. They have the highest ratings against:
Tesla tiles are built to withstand 1.75 inch hail, which is considered to be severe and is rare in most places. This makes them more durable than other solar panels on the market.
This is especially comforting if you live in areas that periodically receive hail storms from October through February, such as:
- New South Wales
- Southeast Queensland
Tesla built their solar panels to be able to withstand 166 mph winds, which is much stronger than most solar panels, which are built to withstand 140 mph winds.
Why Choose Tesla Solar Roof Tiles For Your Home?
Solar roof tiles are much stronger than your standard roofing tiles. These tiles are specially engineered for protection against all kinds of weather. Tesla’s solar roof is made up of two types of textured tiles:
- Active solar shingles
- Inactive non-solar shingles
The active solar shingles are photovoltaic, meaning they have solar cells to produce solar energy for your home. The inactive shingles are regular shingles that do not produce solar energy.
When your Tesla Solar Roof is installed, it will be made up of both active and inactive shingles. The solar roof is designed to look like a traditional roof and enhances the architectural style of your home.
How Much Does a Tesla Solar Roof Cost?
The cost of a Tesla Solar Roof will depend on the size of the home where it is being installed as well as how much energy is typically used by the household.
In Australia, the cost of the Tesla Solar Roof is $318 per square foot. The average roof size in Australia is about 300 square feet bringing the total of a solar roof to $95,400.
This may seem excessive, but it is still cheaper than getting a new roof plus solar panels. The lifetime warranty that covers physical damage to the tiles also makes it so that homeowners will never need a roof replacement again.
When comparing costs, keep in mind that the Tesla solar tiles aren’t just solar panels; they are the entire roof.
The roof replacement is more expensive, but the solar tiles themselves are not. As mentioned earlier, the solar roof is durable and holds up in all kinds of weather.
Does Tesla Offer Discounts on Solar Roof?
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.
How To Get Your Your Tesla Solar Roof Installed
If you are an Australian resident and you’ve assessed the information and decided that the Tesla Solar Roof is the perfect upgrade to your home, then it’s now time to take action. Here’s how to start the process to have your Solar Roof installed.
Order Your Roof and Pay a Deposit
Visit Tesla’s website and make your $100 deposit. All you have to do is submit your address and an average electric bill. Tesla will then send you an estimated price to install a Solar Roof on your home.
Receive a Virtual Assessment
After you pay the deposit, Tesla will conduct a virtual assessment of your roof to ensure that a solar roof can be installed. In addition to your electricity bill, the company may require additional information about your home to conduct a thorough review.
Wait for Permit Approvals
After the assessment, the company applies for permits. Depending on your location, this can take as little as a week to up to over a month.
Schedule Your Installation
Once the permits have been approved, Tesla will work with you to schedule the installation date. It will take the Tesla certified solar roof installers about a week to complete the entire installation.
Post Installation Roof Inspection
Once the Solar Roof has been installed, it needs to be inspected and approved before being connected to the grid by your utility company. This can take up to five weeks.
Once the inspection has been completed, the homeowner can download the Tesla app and monitor the system’s energy production.
Benefits of Installing a Tesla Solar Roof
What are the benefits of having a Tesla Solar Roof? Over the lifetime of your roof, you see savings just as customers of traditional solar panels see savings. The Powerwall battery helps to increase those savings.
Another benefit of having a Tesla Solar Roof is that you will never have to replace your roof again. The lifetime warranty covers any damage to the roof tiles.
Perhaps the best benefit is that by installing a Tesla Solar Roof, you will be helping to reduce the amount of fossil fuels being used to supply energy.
What are you waiting for? Now that the Tesla Solar Roof is available in Australia, you can start taking steps to get yours today!