Tesla's solar shingles to cost less than comparable roofing materials

Tesla's solar shingles to cost less than comparable roofing materials

Tesla’s textured glass roofing shingles will cost less to make and install then comparable, high-end terra-cotta and slate roofs, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told shareholders last week, according to Bloomberg. Musk's announcement was the first to follow official shareholder approval of the Tesla-SolarCity merger, indicating the solar company’s appetite for innovating in the building materials space. Savings are realized by improvements in product durability and weight, which is expected to significantly reduce per-unit shipping costs, in addition to providing solar electric power to the home. Dive Insight: Tesla’s exploration of the technological promise of common building materials in conjunction with the company’s SolarCity acquisition isn’t necessarily validation of smart-building, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Indeed, smart-home technology has quickly expanded from IoT-conne...

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