Solar paneled roofs are the future of clean energy. Joining the trend now is especially appealing, thanks to Tesla’s release of their new solar-paneled roofs. Now that you have explored your options and decided you need one, you may be asking yourself what the steps are to securing your own Tesla Solar roof for your home.
Once you have chosen a Tesla roof as a solar energy option for your home, you will have to fill out an order form on their website. You will need to provide your address, average electric bill, and a $1,000 deposit. Once you get building permits, it takes a week on average to install the new roof.
Unfortunately, there were two years between the solar panels’ original unveiling and the first roof being installed. Even after that, the installations in the continental US have been minimal. Luckily, orders are now available in New Zealand, so make sure to keep reading to learn how you can place one of your own.
When is a Tesla Roof Is Needed in New Zealand?
As of October 2020, the Tesla roof tiles were not yet available in New Zealand. Though Elon Musk had originally promised that product rollout and installation would begin in 2018, select homes of employees were the only ones fitted with the product. Tesla then delayed production until 2019 due to a focus on improving the product.
Though Tesla’s rolling out of its solar roof has not been perfect, the release of version 3.0 is a promising feat. The new and improved solar roof tiles are cheaper and guaranteed to withstand weather conditions. They feature a 25-year warranty against weather and have a Class-3 hail rating.
As of now, Tesla’s New Zealand market is open for orders on their website. However, due to Tesla’s unreliable customer service record, it is not out of the question that your order may be canceled because you are deemed out of their service territory. Orders being canceled has reportedly happened even for orders placed years in advance.
Regardless of the reliability of Tesla for delivering on their product, one thing is sure: the new Tesla version 3 roof is a great option for anyone looking to install solar on their roof.
How Does the Tesla Roof Work?
Before you decide to commit to a Tesla roof, it is important to understand how they work. The new version 3 roof was designed with Tesla’s subsidiary, SolarCity, to provide the best quality and efficiency seen yet at Tesla. The focus was also on aesthetics, as the solar shingles are designed to blend in with their non-photo voltaic counterparts.
Photovoltaic tiles — or tiles that can produce solar energy — are installed with non-photo voltaic tiles, blending seamlessly together. The goal is to ensure that consumers will not have to sacrifice curb appeal to reap the benefits of clean energy, and Tesla was wildly successful in their goal.
The textured glass shingles, active or not, resemble a standard shingled roof. Tesla estimates the cost of the solar tiles at $2.01 per watt, while the non-photo voltaic tiles go for $7.65 per square foot of tile. Keep in mind that cost will vary for each home and depends on:
- Your average energy consumption.
- The size of your home.
- How much shade your roof receives.
The tile placement requires homeowners to completely reroof their home to correctly install the new glass shingles. On average, 30% of shingles installed are active solar shingles, but this number varies depending on energy demands and the amount of sunlight the house receives on average.
A general estimation for a full roof installation is about $42,500. Keep in mind that this is based mostly on the current Californian market, which has been the most active for Tesla’s solar roof. There might also be some incentives, so make sure to do a thorough check.
In addition to solar roof installation, Tesla can also install a Powerwall battery in the home, which is capable of storing the collected solar energy. This battery keeps track of all your usage, allowing you to choose when you want to use your solar energy.
Using this allows homes producing enough solar energy to go completely off the grid — a revolutionary feat. However, it does carry an additional charge of around 12,000 USD, so keep that in mind.
How to Get a Tesla Solar Roof
Now that you have decided you need to have a Tesla solar roof, it is time to talk about how you can get the process moving to start reaping the benefits of clean energy. Now that orders are available in New Zealand, you will just have to follow these simple steps to place one:
- Step 1: Navigate to the Solar Roof tab of Tesla’s website.
- Step 2: Scroll down to the order section of the site. Add your personal information.
- Step 3: Once you have placed your order, you can check updates by logging into your account. You will also receive a confirmation email and text message.
- Step 4: Tesla will conduct an energy assessment on your home to determine the design and identify potential issues.
- Step 5: Once building permits have been approved, you can now schedule a time for roof installation. Installation generally takes about one week to complete from start to finish.
Though the order form is available on Tesla New Zealand’s website, there is no guarantee that you will see roof installation begin right away, or even within the year. Though Tesla announced a global expansion mission in 2020, there is no telling when this will begin in full force.
Though it is not exactly when the process of solar-powered roof installation will begin, for now, you can at least secure an order for when the time comes.
Does Tesla Offer Discounts on Solar?
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.
Are Solar Powered Roofs Worth It?
Getting a Tesla roof is expensive and time-consuming, so is it worth it? In short, it can be. Tesla roof panels end up costing and saving you the same as a conventional solar panel system. However, if your roof is still in good condition, it may be a better option to go another route that does not require an entire roof replacement.
Solar roofs are extremely durable, three times more so than a standard roof. They are guaranteed to withstand extreme weather conditions, including:
- Wind up to 166 miles per hour.
- Fire, achieving the best fire rating.
- Up to 1.75-inch diameter hail.
Though roof warranties only currently apply to the United States, Tesla promises to eventually provide the same guarantees for all of its other markets. With all the benefits of a Tesla solar roof, it is hard to pass up the opportunity to snag one.
Though it is unsure exactly when the Tesla solar roof will begin rolling out their roof to international markets, for now, you can rest assured that you can at least reserve your spot by placing an order on their website.
Tesla’s solar roof is innovative in so many ways, including the aesthetics, efficiency, and durability of their roof tiles. Though you will have to pay to replace your entire roof to benefit from solar energy, the roof will end up paying for itself in the long run. Working with the Powerwall battery, it is even possible to go completely off the grid!