It seems like starting now, those people with financial potential who may want a new solar-powered roof made out of glass can order it. The roof also has glass tiles which contain photovoltaic cells. Even SolarCity CEO Elon Musk has one on his house. As for the price, it is about $65.000 for a roughly 3.000 square foot roof. Musk calls this sunpower business the “infinity warranty”. In the future, it may even be possible for you to gather all the sun energy and power your Tesla vehicle. For now, this roof is clearly made for the rich people who care about the environment.
A solar roof made out of glass
It is interesting that David Levine, CEO of Geostellar, a solar services company, thinks that the market for this new glass roof will be as big as the one for Apple’s gold Watch which costed about $17.000. So, not too many people will buy it. Also, he says that there is another problem. Musk’s invention is not the best when it comes to delivering solar power or acting as a roof. People can get the basic solar array for a smaller price and they can have the exact same facilities. Moreover, they can be even better than Musk’s one.
It is interesting to note that in the United States, solar output has doubled since 2014. Experts are saying that those numbers will keep on growing, but independently from the three main players: SolarCity, Vivint and Sunrun. Two years ago, they held about 60 per cent of all solar installs. Now, they have only 40 per cent apparently. And competition is growing.
Elon Musk’s ambitions
It is clear that Musk’s expensive glass solar roof will not turn the business around. Still, he wants to make it. The company is planning the mass production at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. If this will be true, it would make it the biggest solar panel factory in the western hemisphere. However, there are some issues with such an expensive solar roof. For once, those solar panels do not have much value when taken off a roof. Secondly, when someone sells a house with a solar roof, they must transfer the contract to the buyer. And often, the buyer does not want an old roof. So, they take it off and buy a new one. All in all, we will see if Elon Musk’s ambitions will pay off or if his dreams will come crashing down.
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