Elon Musk Debuts Tesla’s Solar Roof


Even in a world covered with Tesla rooftops, like the one pictured here, utilities will continue to play a central role, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said.

Saying that Tesla Motors has been, from the beginning, a sustainable energy company, Elon Musk conceded Friday night that homes with Tesla roofs, Tesla Powerwall batteries and Tesla automobiles cannot displace centralized electric utilities.

But that’s actually good news for Tesla, which has turned utilities into customers since it began offering utility-scale Powerpack batteries a year ago.

“The solution is both local power generation and utility power generation. It’s not one or the other,” Musk said during a press conference at Universal Studios, where Musk and his cousin Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, announced Tesla’s new solar roof product to a select crowd of reporters and acolytes surrounded by Tesla-roofed homes.

As Musk described each type of Tesla roof tile with embedded solar panel—including French slate and Tuscan tile—garage doors slowly rose on the homes and Tesla cars rolled out of garages equipped with Powerwalls.

Musk predicted neighborhoods will gradually convert to this scenario modeled at Universal Studios, because the roofs, like the cars, are better than their conventional counterparts, he said.

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SOURCE: Forbes, Jeff McMahon

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