Tesla’s solar roof tiles
Elon Musk at the launch of Tesla’s solar roof tiles in Los Angeles. Photograph: Nichola Groom/Reuters

Bloomberg reports that Tesla is about to bring photovoltaic panels and Powerwall batteries to U.S. retail giant Home Depot.

Tesla-branded selling spaces will be installed at about 800 locations, with its own employees on hand to explain the benefits.

The much-anticipated solar roof, which generates electricity but looks and costs like a regular (high-end) roof, will also be added to the inventory.

Tesla plans to manufacture its panels within the U.S., which will make them exempt from the new Trump solar tariff.

Solar panel installations cost between USD $10,000 to USD 30,000, but costs are expected to rise up to 5 percent, due to the tariffs.

The average cost to install a Tesla solar roof will obviously come at a premium. Consumer Reports estimates that a 3,000-square-foot Solar Roof will cost USD $73,500.

Diana A. N.
Diana writes about eco-trends, green living, and sustainable technologies that help us live healthy/active lifestyles. She is also a freelance fashion blogger, and an "Instagram Influencer" (@effortlesslady) in Ottawa, ON — Canada.

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  1. Hi Diana,

    Thank you for updating us on when product may be available through typical aftermarket retailers. This is exciting!

    Unfortunately, It is unclear as to what the $73, 500 per 3000 sqft includes (e.g., does it include inverter(s), a battery bank, ancillary components, installation, etc.?)

    Also, information regarding potential nameplate W per sqft is not provided through the article making cost comparison and other aspects of site assessment difficult. If the focus is residential the aforementioned lacking information makes it difficult for those with less than 3000 sqft (many of us) to evaluate the suitability of the offering.

    For solar systems, pricing information needs to be coupled with identification of what all is included in the system and nameplate “Watts per sqft” information. Even those with space to spare, unless they get financially compensated for excess generation, want to know how much they can generate per sqft to size a system accordingly.

    Typically, solar systems components and/or installation are quoted in $ per watt. While, I am of the opinion that Watt per sqft need to be taken into consideration as well as other factors pertaining to efficiency, the simplistic $/W is at least useful as a starting point in the comparison.

    For example, based on a 3000 sqft area being available and average size of commercially available solar panel we can estimate the following based on the $ per 3000 sqft info you provided:
    – 250 W panel = 41,667 W system (DC nameplate) = $1.76 per Watt (DC)
    – 315 W panel = 47,250 W = $1.56 per Watt (DC).

    No information regarding size and/or wattage of the panels that Tesla will be distributing through the Home Depot are provided through your article.

    Hopefully more comprehensive information will be provided in the near future as these types of omissions are what have been affecting consumer confidence over the last few decades.


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