Solar Roof FAQs



How can I place a Solar Roof order?
You can place your Solar Roof order by completing the Solar Roof order form and making a $1000 payment.

What will the Solar Roof cost?
When you include the benefits of the solar production, Solar Roof will cost less than a regular roof. In fact it may earn you money – as an example, the out-of-pocket cost of a Solar Roof for a typical home in Maryland will be around $52,000, but after considering the tax credit and the value of energy it generates, the roof will actually pay for itself and earn you about $8,000 over 30 years.

Here's how we do the math:



1 – Value of energy
The value of energy your Solar Roof is expected to produce over 30 years is based on the average price of electricity in your area ($.14/kWh in this example), adjusted for inflation by 2% annually.

2 – Cost of roof
The estimated cost of your Solar Roof includes materials, installation, and the removal of your old roof. The Solar Roof cost is based on estimated roof square footage for your home, and the portion of your roof covered with solar tiles.

3 – Cost of Powerwall battery
The estimated cost of your Powerwall includes the battery, supporting hardware and installation cost.

4 – Tax Credit
The tax credit applies to the cost of the solar tiles and associated solar energy equipment as well as the cost of the Powerwall batteries.

5 – Net earned over 30 years
The value of energy your Solar Roof produces may exceed the cost of the roof, earning you value over time. If you choose a lower percentage of solar coverage, the roof may cost you money but will still typically be less than a regular tile or asphalt shingle roof when you include the value of energy.

6 – Edit assumptions
This gives you the option of changing your roof square footage, monthly electric bill and Powerwall battery number.

7 - Slider
The slide represents the portion of your home that will be covered with solar tiles. As you adjust the slider up, the cost of the roof will increase to reflect more solar tiles but the value of the energy and tax credit will also increase for the same reason.

1 – Value of energy
The value of energy your Solar Roof is expected to produce over 30 years is based on the average price of electricity in your area ($.14/kWh in this example), adjusted for inflation by 2% annually.

2 – Cost of roof
The estimated cost of your Solar Roof includes materials, installation, and the removal of your old roof. The Solar Roof cost is based on estimated roof square footage for your home, and the portion of your roof covered with solar tiles.

3 – Cost of Powerwall battery
The estimated cost of your Powerwall includes the battery, supporting hardware and installation cost.

4 – Tax Credit
The tax credit applies to the cost of the solar tiles and associated solar energy equipment as well as the cost of the Powerwall batteries.

5 – Net earned over 30 years
The value of energy your Solar Roof produces may exceed the cost of the roof, earning you value over time. If you choose a lower percentage of solar coverage, the roof may cost you money but will still typically be less than a regular tile or asphalt shingle roof when you include the value of energy.

6 – Edit assumptions
This gives you the option of changing your roof square footage, monthly electric bill and Powerwall battery number.

7 - Slider
The slide represents the portion of your home that will be covered with solar tiles. As you adjust the slider up, the cost of the roof will increase to reflect more solar tiles but the value of the energy and tax credit will also increase for the same reason.

When will my Solar Roof be installed?
Initial trial installations are complete and customer installations are underway with plans to ramp up in 2018. As production ramps, we will begin deliveries internationally. Solar Roof will be installed based on your order queue position when Solar Roof is ready for your region.

Can anyone, from any country place a Solar Roof order?
Yes, anyone from countries listed on the drop down list on our website can place a Solar Roof order.

What if I also want a Powerwall home energy storage battery?
We’ve designed Powerwall and Solar Roof to integrate seamlessly with each other. You may place an order for Powerwall on the same form.

Does Tesla offer finance alternatives for Solar Roof installations?
We plan to offer financing in the U.S. in early 2018. In the meantime, you may be able to finance your Solar Roof with a personal loan, a home improvement loan, a home equity line of credit or other second mortgage product.

Does my roof qualify for the federal tax credit incentive?
The 30% federal tax credit will apply to the cost of the solar portion of the roof as well as the cost of a Powerwall battery (only if installed with Solar Roof).

Will you take care of the entire roof installation process?
Yes, Tesla will take care of your entire Solar Roof experience, from the removal of your existing roof through permitting and installation of your new Solar Roof.

Can I cancel my Solar Roof order?
Yes, you can cancel at anytime until you’ve agreed to purchase. Log in to your Tesla Account and you will find a link to cancel. Refunds can take up to three weeks depending on your country of delivery.

 

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