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Tesla solar roof

Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:51 am

It looks like the Tesla's solar roof is becoming a reality. Surprisingly, I couldn't find a topic on this already. Sorry if I missed it.

I thought this was a fairly balanced article even though the writer obviously has a stake in the game:

https://blog.wholesalesolar.com/tesla-s ... i=62393151

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Re: Tesla solar roof

Tue May 01, 2018 4:46 am

Has anyone heard of other companies developing solar roof shingles? I can't afford Tesla.

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Re: Tesla solar roof

Sun May 06, 2018 8:02 am

jake14mw wrote:Has anyone heard of other companies developing solar roof shingles? I can't afford Tesla.
I don't think that competitors will offer anything much cheaper, especially when you consider Tesla's warranty. If you can't afford the tiles, I would recommend a standard panel install.
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Re: Tesla solar roof

Mon May 07, 2018 9:04 am

jake14mw wrote:Has anyone heard of other companies developing solar roof shingles? I can't afford Tesla.
Dow has been selling solar shingles since 2011.
https://www.hometownroofingcontractors. ... -island-ny

Another firm, Centex sold solar shingles but these had to be recalled after several fires caused by overheating. I think they went out of business.

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Re: Tesla solar roof

Mon May 07, 2018 9:39 am

LKK wrote:
jake14mw wrote:Has anyone heard of other companies developing solar roof shingles? I can't afford Tesla.
Dow has been selling solar shingles since 2011.
https://www.hometownroofingcontractors. ... -island-ny

Another firm, Centex sold solar shingles but these had to be recalled after several fires caused by overheating. I think they went out of business.
Thanks for the info. When you click through to the Dow site, it says, Powerhouse shingles are no longer available. Then it links you through to another company who apparently bought the license from them but they are not available from them yet.

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Re: Tesla solar roof

Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:06 pm

(thread resurrection)
I found was able to dig up pieces I think I read long ago.
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles ... Solar-Roof from 2016
https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles ... f-in-April from 2017
BIPV bloodbath

I write to you as an observer of the solar market for more than a decade, and as someone who had a role in a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) project some years ago.

Over the last decade, we've eulogized or watched struggle a number of solar roofing and BIPV companies. I'm including solar roofing, solar windows and flexible roll-on solar panels in this category.

Here are some of the casualties.

Ready Solar ("solar-in-a-box") acquired by now-bankrupt SunEdison
Dow Chemical retired its solar shingle line (based on NuvoSun CIGS)
PowerLight solar shingle
BP solar shingle
ECD (flexible a-Si) bankrupt
SoloPower (flexible CIGS) shuttered factories
Flexcell (a-Si roll-roll BIPV) closed
Soltecture (CIGS BIPV) bankrupt
Scheuten Solar (BIPV) bankrupt, then acquired by Aikosolar
Pythagoras Solar (BIPV windows) closed
Xunlight (a-Si BIPV) bankrupt
Konarka (OSC BIPV) bankrupt

There are still a number of companies fighting the integrated solar fight -- but no runaway commercial volume successes yet.

Solarmass roof tiles "designed to be installed by a roofer" but without flashing or frames
Solaria's BIPV windows
Atlantis Energy's solar tiles
MiaSolé (flexible CIGS) acquired by China's Hanergy
Redwood Renewables (PV roof tiles)
SunTegra's roof integrated panel includes ventilation. The firm works with roofers, remodelers, and homebuilders and claims to have installed over 4,000 panels to date on 30 to 40 buildings nationwide. The firm's CEO said, "We’re within the window of the premium people are willing to pay for the aesthetics of integrated options. A lot of people don't love the way panels look," according to reporting from GTM's Julian Spector.
Lumeta's peel-and-stick solar panels
AltEnergy is a BIPV project developer
ArteZanos' integrated solar tiles
Heliatek's OSC technology focused on windows and facades
CertainTeed Solar is working on two types of roof-integrated products, including shingles

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Re: Tesla solar roof

Tue Oct 06, 2020 1:49 pm

Stumbled across this via the Flipboard app. Keep in mind this Electrek is a known Tesla fanboy site so I'm glad they're reporting on something like this. Even w/o solar singles, I've heard on other forums of people developing roof leaks w/solar panels installed by others.

Tesla Solar Roof buyer left without roof and tarps over his house after 2-month-long nightmare
https://electrek.co/2020/10/06/tesla-so ... nightmare/

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Re: Tesla solar roof

Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:40 pm

I'm sticking with traditional racked mono panels on a metal roof.
The panels will probably last at least as long as the metal roof underneath.
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