It took some time, but it seems Tesla’s solar glass roof ramp is speeding up. Amid recent tweets from Elon Musk about the sun shingles on Twitter, the company has made preparations that would allow it to expand its solar glass roof installations to additional areas in California.
Recent vacancies on Tesla’s careers page indicate that the company is looking to hire solarglass roofers at an open house in its Chatsworth, CA, office February 18-21. For the full-time position, the applicant must join Tesla’s Energy Field Operations Team, which is tasked with installing Tesla’s solar glass tiles on residential homes in California. Below is the post’s job description on the Tesla website.
“The Solarglass Roofer will be part of Tesla’s Energy Field Operations team. The ideal candidate will work with other team members to successfully complete residential roofing and solar roof installations safely and on time. It is the responsibility of every solar glass roofer to ensure safe working practices for the team. New recruitment and further training measures are offered. “
The solar glass roof is currently being installed in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. It appears that sooner rather than later, Tesla plans to expand its installation areas as it plans to hire a significant number of workers to help install solar panels in the state.
In addition to being home to Tesla, California is also home to a sizeably high solar investment tax thanks to government incentive programs. California homeowners who install solar panels in their homes will receive a 26% tax credit on the cost of the system from January 1 to December 31, 2020. This incentive will decrease by 4% to 22% in 2021 and eventually abolished in 2023.
California has a large home solar market. The state is home to over 1 million solar panels, some of which are from Tesla. While the company’s home state is currently the only place where the solar glass roof is available, Tesla plans to expand the installations to the rest of the US and Canada in the near future.
“The demand is very strong and we are working not only through Tesla Solar Roof, but also through new home builders and only through the roofing industry in general, whether on the order of 4 million new roofs a year in North America,” Elon Musk said during the Q4 earnings call 2019.
Tesla launched a solar subscription program in August 2019 for those interested in renting the company’s power systems. Customers could use solar energy at reduced cost and without a long-term contract.
Tesla’s solar energy team’s ramp will allow more installations as the company plans to expand its region where solar energy is available. The growth in Tesla’s energy share will increase the company’s sustainability impact and enable people to generate electricity from the sun in a clean and environmentally friendly way.