More Tesla solar roof tile installations in the wild, a photo gallery update – pv magazine USA

We’re discovering two more Tesla solar roof tile installations this week and we’re updating a few more. This leaves 998 more roofs to be documented this week, as Elon Musk will claim 1,000 roofs per week until the end of 2019.

January 25, 2020

More than three years after its inception and after Tesla received deposits from interested homeowners, it has only plugged a handful of solar-integrated roofs into the grid.

pv magazine followed these installations, talked to the homeowners and took photos. This is an update of a previous photo gallery.

Maybe 2020 is the year

Last year Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, called 2019 “the year of the solar roof”, his long-promised building-integrated photovoltaic product.

It turned out that 2019 wasn’t the year of the solar roof.

At the end of last year, Musk introduced version 3.0 of the solar roof tile, claiming with characteristic optimism that the company would increase production to 1,000 roofs per week by December 2019. On a conference call, Musk said:

  • The solar roof version 3.0 with larger tiles is ready for mass use.
  • The tiles now look the same from every angle – with new cell technology and new materials.
  • Musk said the goal is to install the roof in a single visit.
  • Tesla intends to open the product to roofers.
  • He said, “The solar roof doesn’t make financial sense for someone with a relatively new roof.”

Musk said the goal is to get the solar roof installed as quickly as traditional composite shingles – with a goal of eight hours. This requires a streamlined process of bringing parts to the field along with assembly equipment to allow for customization for flashing, edging and trimming in the field.

Early installation of solar roof tiles

This installation in San Carlos, California takes four days. The old roofing material was removed and the Firestone Clad-Gard SA-FR underlay was installed.

About half of the tiles were placed on this relatively simple roof. There was a crew of five to seven people, including a separate crew to install the Power Wall battery. At times there were three trucks on site.

The owner praised the professional nature of the crew and reckoned another seven working days for the job to be completed. The homeowners document the installation here, including battery storage.

This installation, also in San Carlos, California, takes two or three days and was crewed by six men when I was there. Again, it’s a relatively simple roof.

Completed installations in the wild

Twitter user Austin Flack provided a video of his installation of solar roof tiles, which includes the economics of the roof tiles as well as a bonus drone crash.

He said pv magazine that the installation went pretty smoothly. It took 7 days, they originally estimated 5. ”He said,“ Everyone was very professional. I worked with myself to get everything right: like putting the inverter in a more attractive place. So far we are very satisfied, but of course we are very much looking forward to switching on the system. “

Prepare to install Austin Flacks version 3.

Josh Pomilio, a Tesla solar glass crew leader, posted these version 3 installation photos on Instagram (since removed) of a house in San Jose. This installation included two Tesla battery units and three inverters, according to the homeowners.

Install same version 3 by Josh Pomilio

The installation is more than 10 kW, according to the homeowners.

Photo by the authorNikola’s Stache (@ BSA19741) posted photos of a Version 3 installation in a Claremont, California home on Twitter. Nikola’s Stache claims that the installation took a team of 11 installers 11 days in late November.

Here is the roof of version 3.0 in Cupertino, California. This installation contained a Tesla battery.

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Photo by Eric Wesoff

This Los Gatos, California home had V2 tiles on the roof and was completely renovated.

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There were several piles of unused or scrapped tiles on the side of the house.

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Here is a version 2.0 installation in San Jose, California

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Here is another house in San Jose with a version 2.0 roof.

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Here is a roof that has seen better days on a house in San Jose, California. According to Nikolas Stachethese homeowners have drawn a permit for the roof of version 3.0.

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Thanks to Nikola’s Stache to provide a table of known solar roof installations.

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