Tesla starts solar roof tile production in Buffalo

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The appeal: a sleek, clean solar product, especially for homeowners seeking to replace aging roofs.

Tesla has begun production of its highly-anticipated Solar Roof tiles from the company's Gigafactory 2 facility in Buffalo, NY.

Manufacturing of the textured-glass tiles began last month at Tesla's Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, N.Y., according to a statement from the Palo Alto, the Calif. -based company on January 9.

The news came from Peter Fannon, Vice President of Technology Policy at Panasonic Corporation of North America; in an interview with the Consumer Technology Association (CES), he said: "Panasonic is already inside that factory making solar panels".

The two companies hope to ramp up production at Gigafactory 2 to reach a capacity of 1 to 2 gigawatts of solar products. Bromley estimates that a 2,000-square foot home would require $57,000 worth of Tesla tiles, whereas a terra cotta roof with solar panel add-ons would cost $41,000. CEO Elon Musk has promised the roofs would last significantly longer than traditional shingles, due to their rugged construction. Tesla's Fremont factory was also busy manufacturing the glass solar roof tiles at the same time of the solar roof installation sightings.

Tesla starts solar roof tile installation process with regular customers, production starts at Gigafactory 2
Tesla begins production of Solar Roof tiles at New York gigafactory

The company has become the largest installer in the USA of solar systems for rooftops, and piloted its latest product on the homes of many of its employees.

If any, the fact that the Solar Roofs are now being manufactured in Gigafactory 2 means that the photovoltaic tiles are rolling off the production line faster than ever.

The solar shingles will be more expensive than conventional roofing as they carry the photovoltaic panels, but not by all that much more, said a finance analyst on Wall Street. Following collaborative development with Solar City, the Solar Tiles own a unique look distinguishing them from conventional roof tiles albeit having a full-fledged solar panel. Tesla says that savings from longevity and electricity of the Solar Roof makes the choice reasonable though.

The same analyst said that the roof might do very well overseas, where solar photovoltaic has become low-priced and homeowners have been used to paying premiums for cars and building materials. Tesla will then incorporate them into roof tiles. Being constructed from tempered glass, the tiles are pretty durable too, capable of surviving impacts that would otherwise compromise traditional roof materials like terracotta and slate.

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