LA-based homeowner shares first impressions of V3 roof tiles

As the cost of installing solar panels in the US has decreased by as much as 70% over the past decade, more and more US homeowners are considering switching to greener energy. At the forefront of Tesla’s foray into home solar energy is the flagship Solarglass Roof, which is essentially solar cells that look like standard roof tiles. Since Tesla’s solar glass tiles have made numerous headlines in the past, many questions about the product remain unanswered, such as: B. Durability, installation process and actual cost.

Austin Flack of Los Angeles, California is one of the first consumers to receive a Tesla solar glass roof. In a video recently posted on YouTube, Flack decided to share his first impressions of his experience with Tesla Solarglass.

“We placed our order in early November and should be installed in mid-December, but rainy weather pushed the installation off to January. Unfortunately, the federal discount has dropped from 30% in 2019 to 26% in 2020, but Telsa kindly gave us a 4% discount to make up for the difference, “Flack wrote about the description of his review on YouTube.


Prior to Tesla’s announcement of the latest version of the company’s flagship solar product in October 2019, Flack and his wife were considering purchasing Tesla solar modules, but found that their 1,745-square-foot roof was improperly designed and installed.

The couple decided to compare the cost of purchasing a new composite roof and the Tesla solar panels they needed. Estimates for the composite tile roof were roughly between $ 9,000 and $ 12,000. Meanwhile, Tesla reckoned her Los Angeles home would need a system size of around 9.087 kW, with some room for the power needs growing. Tesla’s offer for the solar glass roof is $ 33,749 after discounts. This price is approximately $ 3,000 more than the cost of purchasing a composite tile roof with the appropriate solar panel array setup.

According to Flack, they chose the solar glass roof and found the price reasonable “given the improved aesthetics of solar glass and the value it could bring to our homes.”


Installation of the solar glass roof began on Jan 6th and took 7 days including removing the old roof, installing the solar glass tiles, replacing other roof elements, and setting up the hardware.

Flack shared that their new roof is mostly made of solar tiles with some dummy tiles for the edges and near the vents and pipes. The roof has also been raised about 1.5 inches to allow some room for wiring and ventilation.

From the solar tiles, Tesla neatly installed cable ducts in the attic and routed power to a DC inverter, cut-off switch, and a 200-amp electrical box.

The couple are still awaiting final approval to power on the system and promise to post an update video as soon as it is online.

“At the moment we are very satisfied with the solar glass. It is wonderful. It’s long lasting. It is guaranteed for 25 years and when fully functional it will completely zero our electricity bill, ”said Flack.

The TESLA SOLAR ENERGY BUSINESS will shine in 2020

Tesla’s solar business had its moments under the cloud and seemed to be losing its shine in the face of increasing competition from smaller solar rooftop installers and lower subsidies for solar panels. After the solar business was back on the wall, Elon Musk realigned Tesla’s solar push and rekindled it with the promise of ramping up production and installing more solar roofs than in previous years. Musk was more cautious and for most it was a good thing.

“In the long term, I expect Tesla Energy to be about or about the size of the automotive sector or Tesla’s automotive business. This is the most underrated group. I think it could be bigger, but it’s certainly similar in size to Tesla Solar. That said, if you’re using Tesla Solar plus battery products, I think Tesla Energy is the least valued item, ”Musk said.

Currently, Tesla is offering a $ 250 incentive for new customers and for people who refer other buyers.

In December, Tesla also installed canopies for its solar test houses at its Fremont facility, a reminder of how large tents were used to solve Model 3 production problems. During the same period, Tesla was looking for additional installers to add to its teams in California, Texas, Nevada and Florida. In the third quarter of 2019, the company used around 43 MW of solar, around 48% more than in the third quarter.

Check out Austin Flack’s first impression of the Tesla Solarglass Roof below:

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