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New solar roof tiles could be cheaper and last longer

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The future of roofing may be solar if Tesla CEO Elon Musk has his way. The billionaire recently revealed a new line of solar roof shingles which he believes will cost less than a traditional roof, look more appealing, last twice as long and as a bonus, produce electricity.

The announcement of the new roofing product came after a successful merger between Tesla and solar energy equipment supplier SolarCity. The $2 billion deal was approved by 85% of unaffiliated shareholders despite Tesla now inheriting an estimated $3 billion debt from SolarCity.

The new solar panels look just like regular roof shingles but are made from tempered glass and will come in a variety of styles. Apart from generating electricity the tiles can also be fitting with heating elements which can melt snow in colder climates.

 

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On release they will be considered a premium product but Elon Musk predicts that the low shipping costs, due to the lightweight build of the shingles, will make them comparable on price to traditional roofing products, if not cheaper in many cases. Adding to this is the hard wearing nature of the glass tiles, compared to other roofing materials which can break easily during the transportation process and end up costing more to replace.

“It’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account,” says Elon Musk. The solar tiles will be manufactured by Tesla, SolarCity and Panasonic. Check out the video below to see the full announcement from Elon Musk.

 

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