Tesla's new Solar Roof comes with a warranty that lasts forever

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Just how much the roof will cost will depend on your house and the extras, but the calculator Tesla's designed for preorders seems to peg it at roughly $30,000 to $50,000, depending on location and square footage. Tesla expects the costs to pay off over 30 years.

"Solar Roof complements a home's architecture while turning sunlight into electricity", the company said in a blog post. For 2017, the solar tiles will be installed only in the US, the company says.

Installing one will cost $21.85 (£16.90) per square foot, which Tesla says is the price of fitting a regular roof.

Thanks to their tempered glass, Tesla says the tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. "I think the aesthetics are really that good". "The fact that they are starting in California makes ideal sense, since you have a lot of sun and high energy costs".

In a blog post yesterday noting orders can now be placed on its website, Tesla said US installations will begin this summer. However, deployment to customers' homes will start this year in the US, and next year overseas.

Tesla is opening up pre-orders for its solar roof tiles on Wednesday, May 10, - a little later than previously slated, TechCrunch reports. "Buying a roof is often a worse experience than buying a vehicle through a dealership" - another industry Tesla has disrupted - so the company says it's trying to be upfront with costs by sharing a calculator.

The system will feature solar-collecting tiles, not panels.

Tesla has started taking preorders for its "solar roof", the tile-sized solar panels that the company announced back in October 2016. Bt if we look at the report announced by GTM, the second half of 2016 has not been very good for USA solar companies and shown a decline. Its a fundamentally different way of thinking about solar, typically they're sold in 12, 16, 20 panels, but an entire roof of solar is a very different thing indeed.

Installation should take about 5 to 7 days, which is how long a normal roof takes to install.

The roof tiles are due to be made on a pilot basis at Tesla's factory in Fremont, Calif., starting next month, and production is expected to ramp up in the months ahead at a new Tesla facility in Buffalo, N.Y.