Watch Tesla Solar Roof Get Destroyed


Video will teach emergency responders

The Tesla Solar Roof has always seemed to us here at InsideEVs as a pretty cool product. Instead of using traditional solar panels to generate electricity which, let’s face it, aren’t the most beautiful addition to a house, they allow you to generate electricity while serving as your entire roof surface. And they look good doing it. Made from impact-resistant glass, they are also stronger than traditional roofing materials.

Though the Solar Roof has only been installed on relatively few buildings so far, we were curious exactly how it’s all put together. Luckily for us, our curiosity won’t kill us because someone else has a need for that information as well: fire departments who may, in the future, have to respond to a house ablaze adorned with these hi-tech shingles.

The video above, produced by Advanced Extrication, is meant to instruct firefighters about how to deal with a Tesla Solar Roof without getting shocked or slipping and sliding off of it. To do this, they pretty much destroy the functioning installation that was supplied to them by the Silicon Valley automaker. Before that destructive process begins, though, they show us exactly how the wires beneath the shingles feed the collected current and send it to the inverter, as well as how the shingles themselves are mounted. It’s actually pretty neat.

The shingles come three to a tile and are mounted on four plastic feet along the top edge. The tiles can actually pivot upwards on these as you can see in the image above.  Wiring runs between the tiles and the roof and meets up before feeding into the main trunk, which then runs to the system’s inverter. The voltage is relatively low — about 16 volts of direct current (DC) per set of three tiles, and it’s not grounded. This last point makes it possible, then, for a firefighter’s axe to smash through the tiles and the wire without fear of shock.

Less than 16 minutes in length, not only do we see how the tiles are installed, we also get to see them “uninstalled” in a number of ways: the aforementioned axe, a pole with a hooked end, and with a chainsaw. Additionally, we learn a few things about fighting fires and its dangers.


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Is solar roofs EVs?

Getting downvotes must have erk Tesla cultist. This have nothing to do electric Vehicles just like space x

Only someone who clearly isn’t interested in green cars would miss the connection between solar and EV’s.

Those brave man are probably wearing mask to hide their tears…

It looked to me no different than what they would encounter on a tile or ceramic roof.

But the poor little solar roof tiles!! Oh, the humanity!
This is what it must be like for a vegan to watch a video of chickens being slaughtered….
Will no-one speak up for the poor defenseless children, er, poor defenseless roof tiles?

j/ks (OK, maybe not the funniest of jokes, but I think Gab was making jokes along the same line??)

I know, right? I cringed when the chainsaw went through them. I wonder if there’s a dumpster somewhere where i can pick em up… would look great on my dog house.

Seriously, cutting tempered glass roof tiles with a chain saw? That seems like something out of a bad horror film!

I once saw a fireman cut a hole in a roof so he could get access for fighting a fire. He used a circular saw, and cut thru the asphalt tiles and the wooden structure underneath in just one or two handsful of seconds.

As you can see in the video, it’s fast and safe so why not.

Still might be easier than cutting a hole with a saw in a high quality steel roof? Don’t know, haven’t tried either.

Anyone have a nice high quality steel roof and a nice saw I could borrow?

It’s terrible how everyone is taking this somber subject so dreadfully serious. 😉

Interesting… so this is a single inverter system? In those type of setups, shading on any ONE cell will result in the ENTIRE system output being reduced to match. So I’m not sure how well it will work? Shading from the plumbing vents, or multiple higher rooflines, could drastically reduce output.


I think it should only affect those parts that are in series with the shaded cell(s)?

Think strings…. I have a single inverter, but I have 3 strings of 8 panels, only a string gets degraded. I believe they have many strings along the roof. A different article on another site mentions that so many shingles make a string and then they meet up at the inverter (iirc).

So the solar tiles are floating on top of the roof. That is actually great so the roof can actually “breath” to reduce rotting. But I wonder if the tiles would be flapping up during high winds. Maybe the overlapping of the weight will prevent the lower rows from flapping up. I wonder if the top row would get lift up by wind..

Also, with that gap, it is probably not a good idea to walk on the roof which may crack the solar tile.

I was thinking the same. Could the firefighters just lift the tiles up, and pull them off without destroying them? Looks like it could be done fast.
The gap is important for breathing, and if the membran on the roof is breathable, the insulation can be placed directly under the roof boards, to save space.

The framing materials (dimentions) used . . Is that normal in the south of the US? Or just for demonstrasjon. Very thin compared to what I’m used to.

No on the cracking, that has been shown before. The tiles are solid and will support your weight,. The other thing is, just like asphalt shingles, when you step one one you don’t actually step on just one due to the overlap…so it’s always at least 2 tiles supporting your weight (if you put all your weight on one leg that is). The little plastic supports that they sit on are staggered from tile to tile adding more weight resistance for the tile. I would not step on them for the slide danger alone, forget breaking…but then the same goes for other tile roofs.
On the wind issue, you have to remember the top row sits under the ridge cap which will not move so it holds the down pressure on on the first top row, which does it in turn for the second and so on.

The Tesla solar roof is Class F ASTM D3161 certified for at least a minimum of 110 mph wind. 111+ mph winds would fall under the classification of an F2 Tornado.