Tesla to start making Solar Roof at Gigafactory by year end

Elon Musk presenting one of the solar roof tiles. Image taken from Tesla video (www.tesla.com/solar).

Aug 3 (Renewables Now) - Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) on Wednesday said it will start production of the Solar Roof products at its Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York before the end of 2017.

The company, which bought SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) in November 2016, previously announced it would start pilot production of the new product at SolarCity's former Fremont facility and later shift to Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. The photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing facility in Buffalo was planned to start production this summer with support and technology from Japan’s Panasonic Corp (TYO:6752).

Tesla said it has completed the first installations of the Solar Roof. It is launching two types this year and two early next year, according to an earlier statement by CEO Elon Musk.

Presented in October 2016, the Solar Roof tiles are an element of a three-part solution by the company, including also energy storage and electric cars. The US group started taking orders at the beginning of May.

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