Tesla Solar Panels
Tesla has introduced a new solar panel product, that will be offered in parallel to the more expensive (but still hella cool) Solar Roof option.
The panels to be produced in the company's Buffalo (New York) factory together with Panasonic, and the modules themselves are apparently exclusively made by Panasonic for Tesla.
Tesla then combines the new modules from the Japanese company with its sleek, low-profile design, based on Zep Solar's solutions (Zep Solar was earlier acquired by SolarCity to profit from mounting systems that drastically reduce the cost of installation and significantly improve safety and aesthetics).
"Our solar panels blend into your roof with integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware. The result is a clean, streamlined look."
Tesla naturally encourages consumers to consider the seamless integration its solar installation with a Powerwall 2.0 energy storage system solution. Why not an all-electric Model 3 while one is at it too?
"Powerwall charges with energy produced by solar panels, making that energy available when needed, day or night. Powerwall also enables your solar panels to produce energy during grid outages."
As of now (and much like with its Solar Roof program), Tesla has yet to reveal any details on the product or pricing. Currently the company website lists only a "Request a Custom Quote" tab. Production and sales are however to begin later this summer.
According to Electrek, modules are 325 W and “Tesla claims that they “exceed industry standards for durability and lifespan””. Other Panasonic panels (325 W) are rated at 25-year power output warranty and 21.76%. Tesla will also continue to make available the current 250-260 watt panels of today.
As a bonus, here is another image of the upcoming Solar Roof:
Tesla Solar Roof