Tesla will soon go to build and sell their line of solar panels with the integrated batteries. The company has announced the details at the press event held Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
The new Powerwall 2 will allow the housing owners for replacing the entire roof with the solar panels, and there is an update for the Powerwall 2 battery system; this will make it much simpler for the homes and completely powered by the solar power. This solar roof is made with the textured glass tile which is integrated with solar cells. The roof looks as good as or better than the conventional roofs, Says Musk.
These look like the regular tiles when looking from the ground, and it is completely transparent to the sun. These are the hydrographically printed tiles and makes each one a “special snowflake tile,” and no two roofs will be the same, Says Musk. “You can take any two roofs that look like that, and they will be different — because they are different,” said Musk.
Solar panels are available in a different number of versions like Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, Textured Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile. The company claims that these glass roof tiles are more durable than the conventional roof tiles which are something more important in the areas with risk of hail.
According to the Solar City CEO Lyndon Rive, these products are the “joint collaboration” between Solar City and Tesla. Tesla is planning to acquire Solar City for $2.6 billion and the shareholders of the both companies. This proposed acquisition is going to happen in the middle of November.
The Powerwall 2 can store 14 kWh of energy with 5 kW continuous power draw, and 7 kW peak. The battery is warranted for unlimited power cycles and up to 10 years. It can be wall mounted, floor, inside or outside and also used as the load shifting or back-up power.
Musk has also mentioned that there are three parts to the solar energy solution. Generation, Storage, and Transportation. Musk primary plan is to sell all these three of those products through the Tesla.
The details regarding the availability and pricing of this solar roof us yet to reveal. The installation process and how it works was not announced. The price of the Powerwall is about $5,500.