Tesla’s solar roof tiles are designed to look just like normal roof tiles when installed on a house while doubling as solar panels to generate power.
Last week, the company announced (on tweeter) that it’s gigafactory 2 had built 4 megawatts of the Solar Roof panels in one week. That’s enough panels for up to 1000 homes.
This means workers are still involved in manufacturing at the Giga plant located in Buffalo, NY—in the middle of a pandemic.
This, at a time when corporations in the U.S. are being advised to reduce large concentrations of workers to avoid the continuous spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
On the leadership side, it’s not evident that Elon Musk will act on reducing factory staff.
He recently sent a company-wide memo to employees at SpaceX, underplaying the dangers of the illness, saying they face a higher risk of being killed in a car crash than dying from the illness.
Adding that all the evidence he had seen about COVID-19, “suggests that this is *not* within the top 100 health risks in the United States.”
This follows the same line of thinking that Musk has publicly expressed on Twitter, where he also recently said that “the coronavirus panic is dumb.”
On the pricing side, the pricing estimator on Tesla’s website says a solar tile roof with 10 kW of solar on an average 2,000 square-foot home costs USD $42,500 before federal tax incentives.
It also lists USD $33,950 as the price after a USD $8,550 federal tax incentive.