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SolarCity to start installing Tesla Solar Roof next month

Smooth tile by Tesla. (www.tesla.com)

May 11 (Renewables Now) - SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) will start installation of the Solar Roof in June, with California being the first market to get access to the new product, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) announced on Wednesday.

The company is now taking orders for its Solar Roof tiles made with tempered glass. Following the launch in the US this year, installations abroad are seen to being in 2018. The Smooth and Textured types of shingles are available now, while the Tuscan and Slate will be launched early next year.

The cost of the roof will depend much on the portion of solar tiles in it, calculated based on the power demand of the house. Tesla said the typical homeowner can expect to pay USD 21.85 (EUR 20.1) per sq ft for Solar Roof with a 35% solar tile share. Consumer Reports says USD 24.50 per sq ft is the cost below which a solar roof would be cost competitive with a regular roof.

On its website Tesla says the tile warranty would be to infinity, or the lifetime of the house. The tiles are three times stronger than standard roofing tiles, but much lighter, according to the company. The power and weatherization warranty is 30 years.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.92)

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