Going Solar

Is my home a good candidate for solar panels?

If you own a single-family home with a roof that is in good condition and has access to sunlight, then your home is a good candidate for solar panels. While a fully exposed roof is ideal, many homes in cloudy or partially shaded areas can benefit from solar as well.

For those homes that are ready for a new roof or have difficulty finding a place for panels with exposure to sunlight, Solar Roof offers greater flexibility in the placement of solar cells.


What happens after I request a custom quote from tesla.com/solarpanels?

A Tesla expert will reach out to you to confirm your home is right for solar panels. We will then gather additional information about your home to create a custom design and detailed quote. After you confirm the design, our team will come to your home and install your solar power system.

How long does it take to go solar?

Since every solar project is customized, the time varies. The typical solar project takes 2-3 months from order to installation.

How do I get permits for solar panels?

We are familiar with local and state requirements, and we will take the lead on all permitting before, during, and after solar installation.

How many solar panels do I need to power my house?

The answer depends on your household energy usage, your local climate, and the space available on your roof. We will review past utility bills, sunlight patterns, and weather data for your area and create a custom system design for your home.

How do I decide between Tesla-installed solar panels and Solar Roof?

We recommend choosing solar panels if you aren’t in need of a new roof. If you need a new roof or prefer the idea of integrating solar into your roof tiles, Solar Roof is a good option.

Are you installing solar panels in my area?

We currently install solar panels in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C. and plan to expand into additional states soon.

What are the components of a solar panel system?

The solar panels are connected photovoltaic (PV) cells that capture sunlight hitting your roof and convert it into electricity. Tesla solar panels have a low-profile design with integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware.

The inverter converts the direct current (DC) output of solar panels into alternating current (AC) in order to power your home. The inverter is generally located in your garage or near your main electrical panel.

Powerwall, though not required for solar panels to power your home, is a rechargeable home battery that stores the excess energy produced by your solar panels This stored energy can be used at any time, including after the sun sets or when there is a grid outage.

Solar panels, the solar inverter and Powerwall all connect to your home’s electrical panel and utility meter. The system will monitor your energy production and usage and collect real-time information you can view in your app.