The TRUTH about Tesla’s V3 Solar Roof

our homes need energy whether it's cooking breakfast in the morning checking emails are now even driving across the country most of our lives depend on electricity and solar is key to making sure our future stays brain so when Tesla reaches out and asked you if you want to take part in an exclusive first look at one of the new products I cross my fingers hoping I was gonna be getting behind the wheel of a cyber truck but when they tell you it's part of their solar lives their new solar glass roof I still got kind of equally excited but before we get there let's start just a little bit closer down solar like most technology has evolved it used to be really expensive and didn't necessary give you that much for your return but things are changing the cost for the panels are going down they can generate more electricity they're less of an eyesore than they used to be and the case for adding solar to your home is making more and more sense so if you decide you want to get a solar setter from Tesla you pretty much have three options you can get the traditional panels that are installed on your current roof which is kind of what we're used to seeing you now have the new solar glass roof and for either of those you can add Tesla's power wall batteries to get the most out of your system so I've been living with Tesla solar for a little over a year now so I've got traditional panels he also decided to install two of Tesla's power wall two battery packs so I moved into a new house about three years ago it gets hot here in California in the summer so I was running my air conditioning at night and one of the surprise expenses that I saw was my electric bill in the summer months my electric bill was reaching as high as five hundred and fifty dollars it was really high and something I didn't anticipate as an expense when I first moved and I've been looking at solar for a while somebody who drives electric cars it always seems something that I was going to do eventually but sort of seeing how much my electric bill was sped up that process so I ended up settling on an 11 point 375 arrey on my roof I decided to go for two tesla powerwall two's those are the external battery packs each one's about 13.5 kilowatts and the government again is running some incentives kind of the more you spent the bigger your tax credit was so if the solar panels on the roof and for my to power wall twos it came to about forty nine thousand dollars and I certainly didn't have for a nine thousand dollars in cash to pay for it I was able to finance a relatively low interest no prepayment penalty so that my monthly bill for all the solar stuff I had came in at about two hundred fifty dollars so in the hot months I was saving about two hundred fifty dollars in the cooler months I was saving about 75 to 80 bucks so every month I was saving money I added value to my home by putting the solar on there and I could use my electricity now without really having to worry about it so that's what my experience with traditional solar panels that kind of were all used to has been like but when Tesla reached out and asked if I wanted to see what a real house but the solar glass roof was like I had to check it out this is one of only a few houses in the world that have this tacker right now and I was pumped to see it and compare it to the solar that kind of we're all used to seeing I don't know what I'm expecting in my head but I saw it it just looked like a really nice roof I think I was expecting it to look like solar panels all across the roof but the aesthetic of it is just a really nice modern roof I think that goes to the simplicity and the beauty of the product and every tile you see on the roof doesn't have to be a solar tile in fact it wasn't we went out to this gentleman's house you can pick how many of the tiles actually have the solar capabilities built into them you could adjust or scale up or down depending on how much electricity you want to generate so Tesla made a lot of headlines I think especially with the Gentoo of the solar roof they show different tiles different versions that end up being more difficult to deliver here the third gen there's only one aesthetic and because only one aesthetic it seemed like Tesla was able to fine-tune it a lot so now the solar cells inside of these tiles were 65 percent bigger then last generation tiles them cells are much larger so there's less gap in between the tiles it's a lot easier for roof installers to install this thing so the install time isn't months anymore it's same install time as a normal roof so I think the big question here is the cost I think everything sounds awesome but you have to pay for it so I want to know what the cost savings was if any by installing this roof versus a ordinary you know generic roof most people have on their houses so I went to the best nerd I know sort of the expert in crunching these numbers been sullens of Tesla knotek's thanks John let's break down the costs here of this solar roof installation the total cost here was just under $65,000 and that was for a nine point two kilowatt photovoltaic solar system now this also includes the price of a power wall so at $8,000 average let's remove that giving us a new total of just over 56,000 dollars that they paid for the roof and the photovoltaic solar system now the way that you look at this typically is a price per watt so take that 9.2 kilowatts and convert it to watts so 92 hundred watts divide that by the 56,000 and change dollars it costs for the system and you're right at six dollars and twelve cents per watt this is pretty high considering the average in California is right around three dollars and forty four cents which is up slightly from when I got my solar panel system about five years ago so it makes sense that typically you're paying a lot less than this six dollars a watt price in fact if you were to take the average in California of three dollars and forty four cents per watt and multiply times the 92 hundred Watts here you're looking at a price of thirty-one thousand six hundred forty eight dollars before any incentives so that's the solar part of the equation here the other part is the roof and this is kind of difficult because the cost for roofs vary greatly you're looking at eleven thousand two hundred dollars for asphalt thirty-eight thousand four hundred dollars for metal eighty thousand dollars for tile and over a hundred thousand dollars for slate so the final answer here is that if you were to look at an asphalt roof and redo the roof with that plus the solar panel system using the average rates here in Southern California you would actually spend 42 thousand eight hundred forty eight dollars which is just under fourteen thousand dollars cheaper than what the solar roof costs in this case now I think it's a fair thing to argue that this is not an average roof and is something that is more akin to one of the higher end materials so if you look at those a metal roof would cost just over seventy thousand dollars which would be about thirteen thousand two hundred sixty three dollars more expensive than the Tesla solar roof a tile roof would cost over one hundred eleven thousand dollars and be almost fifty five thousand dollars more expensive and the slate roof is just ridiculous here looking at over a hundred and thirty four thousand dollars which would be seventy seven thousand dollars more expensive than the Tesla solar roof so the Tesla solar roof here in this case appears to be a pretty good value because it is not your low end common type of roof it is much higher end than that but it is cheaper than all of the high end options given the functionality and the amount of roof that's being covered so I hope that analysis helped there and yeah feel free to ring me anytime you need some numbers crunch solar panels was a huge step for homeowners and taking control of their power usage in their house the solar glass is for that next step so I think anybody who needs a new roof but also lives in a state where you have more sunny months than rain or snow I think the solar glass makes a ton of sense if you're paying for new roof anyway that's expensive so for a little bit more and if you want to step up the materials you put that roof on you get the benefits of a new roof you get the cost savings of solar and everything's done while looking aesthetically really pleasing so solar aside I think it really makes these systems work as well as they do are the power walls you can get them for both types of solar installations and essentially they're just big batteries that can help power your home you can scale them up or just have one but the value to store and then use your solar energy even when the Sun is down and I set my house up a little bit differently so you control all of this through the Tesla app and you would think that when it's sending out you're gonna use the solar when it's dark out your switch over to the power walls that's not necessarily how I said that probably was advised to set it up the crystal you generate from your house obviously you can use for your house but there's a lot of extra stop being used in California at least you can sell that electricity back to electric companies so my case edison so i can actually make money by selling back to edison electricity that i'm generating in the morning sun comes up i'm using the solar panels to charge my power wall batteries so when I get to peak hours so electricity isn't most expensive like mid morning to afternoon I'm actually using the power walls during that time and I'm selling electricity that I'm generating on the roof back to Edison and then at night electricity gets cheaper I'm now using the grid to power my house at night and should there be a power outage at night I always keep a little bit of battery in the power walls to keep to keep things running so by the time this is all said and done on the hot months it's like the electric company generally ends up owing me money it all runs through the app and the app does a couple cool things so it can detect if there's a storm warning for your area and automatically set the power walls to not drain below a certain level so you have that reserve power if you need it so my power walls and through my app knew that there was rolling blackouts happening and that there was huge winds that were going on and they set the power walls to retain that power and when we had that blackout all my lights did was flicker for a second and everything kept running as normal I didn't even know that we have lost power i she had to go into the app to check if we had any power loss use the solar power generation and the battery packed sort of energy storage in your house always has that power if you had enough power walls and enough solar you don't need to be connected to the grid at all if you don't want to but I like the peace of mind I like knowing that if I ever needed to I could run my whole house without having any electricity being pulled from a dirty source they're just a nice peace of mind for me sort of keep my house running you know lit up so I think we have solar panels or solar glass roof or the power walls as well I think the beauty of the whole system they you don't really have to think about it once I got this all installed I set the app one I haven't really thought about it since that's the awesomeness of the ecosystem that's where I think a company like Tess saw that clearly has an advantage in this space bring something new to an industry like solar that was kind of flat for a long time I like the peace of mind of solar my wallet liked the cost savings I like the green factor as well I think when you factor all of that together it's a really winning combination

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