Tesla Begins Solar Roof Ramp Up At Gigafactory 2


More than 800 workers are now full-time employees at the Buffalo Gigafactory 2 location

Led by Ryan Nungesser – the top level on-site employee – the Buffalo located Gigafactory 2 is ramping up production to fulfill all the Tesla Solar Roof orders after months of delays and several production issues. What Tesla envisioned as a holistic approach to clean energy production, the Tesla Solar roof is an integral part that will generate electricity from a roof, which will then be stored in a Tesla Powerwall battery storage, then used to power up both your home and your vehicles.

The Tesla Solar roof is essentially an entire roof made out of electricity-generating shingles. Unlike stand-alone electricity-generating solar panels, these integrate more effectively with the roof’s design, but also, provide a much larger surface for the power to be generated from. For Tesla, the Gigafactory 2, located in Buffalo, New York, is an integral part of bringing their holistic approach to power generation to the mass market. When fully scaled up, the company expects the factory to produce enough solar cells for more than 150,000 residential solar installations every single year. And it seems the company is right on track to achieve that goal.

Tesla is now ahead of the job creation targets the company agreed to with the New York state. Right now, the Gigafactory 2 on South Park Avenue in Buffalo is now home to more than 800 full-time employees (split roughly 50/50 between Panasonic and Tesla) and finally ramping up production.

Tesla Solar Roof in Smooth Glass

While the company didn’t disclose how many solar panels are made weekly, but judging by the number of people employed and the steady pace that the company is bringing new workers to it, we can expect full-size production volume to be achieved quite soon. Last week, Tesla invited a slew of local journalists for a tour of the Buffalo facility, giving the media a first-time access to the finished factory. Tesla is set to bring even more capital investments to the Buffalo location, filling up the 1.2 million-square-foot facility with high-tech manufacturing equipment. With this, we can expect a continued fast growth of its workforce, slated to grow steadily at least through 2019.

With the Solar Roof, Tesla is seemingly rounding up their eco-friendly product offerings. In reality, we’re still months away from any large-scale implementation. However, the future looks bright. If they – alongside other high-tech companies and carmakers – can produce solutions like these at scale, the future of motoring looks clean & bright all the way. Hopefully, the lawmakers don’t try to impede that growth by imposing ill-advised taxation or other government-led methods of charging people to produce their own electricity. But to be frank, we kinda expect that to happen. At least on some limited scale.

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So the shingles production hell and qualty issues are behind us? Would have been interesting to read a bitmore details about that.

Yes, you and I are curious, but the media would only portray this as more trouble for Tesla and reasons for it to go bankrupt.

The solar roof is not “essentially an entire roof made of energy producing shingles”. If it was its price would even more astronomical than it is now! It is “essentially a new glass shingle roof technology, where around half the shingles incorporate energy producing solar cells.”

True, but only a fool would put solar shingles in shade areas and on the north side of a house.

Well, as a builder for 40+ years , I would hope that they produce a less expensive but visually matching product to use on the north, east and possibly west planes. Also, if you are utility interconnected and net metered they generally don’t want you to install an over sized (ie. more than you use) system so maybe you install some of these matching units even on the south or west. The home energy tax credits start their phase out in 2019 so, even more than before, these will have to be cost competitive to succeed.

The whole roof looks the same the more expensive tiles have the solar cells in them.

oddly, in colorado, Lennar builders does residential buildings with just about everything that you would want. And they add solar. BUT, the homes that I saw by them had a roof with south and north exposure. Not a big deal, but the solar panels were on BOTH SIDES of the roof. Yes, they had a steep roof with due north exposure and put 1/2 of the solar on it. Then they charge the owners for it.
INSANE. I could not believe it.

Odd. Nothing in the article states all those ‘800’ work for Panasonic.

Nothing odd about not lying. According to the article here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/16/a-look-inside-teslas-solar-gigafactory-in-buffalo-new-york/ only about half of those employees work for Panasonic. Here is the actual quote from the article: “The 800 employees at Gigafactory 2 are split nearly evenly between Tesla and Panasonic and represents a nearly 30 percent increase from the middle of the year, indicating a significant increase in production capacity at the site.”

The news report we got locally is that all 800 work for Panasonic. But you guys obviously know more than local reporters on the scene. Perhaps that is why Tesla refused reporter access to the plant, as your own link above states.

I’m not interested enough to personally verify it, other than previously being aware of the plant’s recent history. But suffice it to say that this article was just another advertisement for Tesla since it was not mentioned of Panasonic’s shall we say, significant involvement. Its admittedly at least 50% and the near 100% involvement would not surprise me since that would explain Tesla’s Secrecy.

I would think that Panasonic would want to run things their own way, and Tesla would want to run things their own way. All I know is the big employment push here was with Panasonic.

I would think that Panasonic would want to run things their own way, and Tesla would want to run things their own way. All I know is the big employment push here was with Panasonic.

Now, actionable information here would be to review how much these solar roofs actually cost. Since only a minority of the ‘Tiles’ are actually Electricity Generating, the yearly energy levels generated in various climates would be specific information.

The other sources are just different write-ups from the same event — apparently other reporters managed to get their numbers straight, unlike the one you watched…

Thank you! My own direct experience with local reporters, as well as the personal experiences related by others in my family, is that local reporters don’t give a darn about getting their facts straight.

A report that gets its facts directly from Tesla might well have a higher chance of being factually correct than a report delivered by a local reporter.

The linked source article clearly states that half of them work for Panasonic.

Not that it would really matter either way…

I know some people are unhappy about me providing information that isn’t about the content of the article; but I also believe that the vast majority are very pro environment and when I read an article about something the EPA and this administration wants to do to harm the environment. I want to sound the alarms.


Curious why my earlier reply to this post hasn’t cleared ‘awaiting moderation?’ :-/

I noticed something strange in that picture. I don’t see any roof vents of any kind. My house has quite a few attic vents as well as the usual vents for bathrooms and kitchen range. I realize if you are completely electric you wouldn’t have the vents for water heater and hvac like I do.

The plumbing and furnace vents are usually installed on the back of the house the roof vents are probably ridge vents.

Good catch on the “no roof vents” thing. That house could have gable and soffit vents but not every house can. Not to mention furnace, fireplace, plumbing stacks, etc. Would be good to see what they can deal with and how. This is an artist rendering who doesn’t want to go there I think. Smooth is prettier.

It’s a photoshopped pic. That roof doesn’t exist.

Vents are done just like any other roofing system. Any vents you want are cut through the roof deck, and then the flashing around the vent goes under the upslope shingles and over top of the down slope shingles. Here is an actual picture of the back of a house with a solar roof. Most builders put these on the back of the house when they can.

from: https://insideevs.com/tesla-q2-2017-model-3-reservations-455k/


Said house is now probably a pile of ash 🙁

While that’s certainly a possibility, I wouldn’t say it’s *probable* — unless you know that it was in Paradise?…

It’s a publicity “photo”. At the very least it’s been Photoshopped to remove “unsightly” distractions such as roof vents. More likely, it’s not a photo at all; more likely it’s a render; a digital photo-real painting.

I was referring to the first picture in this article. The second is even more obviously just a digital painting.

Can someone please tell me what’s the efficency of the shingles?

Not sure precise figures were ever published — but IIRC they claimed at some point that it’s just a couple percent lower than traditional panels?

I don’t see any mention of dealer installer network for the region of southern Ontario.
Is it ever going to happen?

One decent question: is there a single solar rool somewhere in the world, that actually exists ?
It was mid 2017, that the product was launched, and now, in late 2018 all we have are photoshop images and articles about “the future is bright”.

Yes, there actually are a few real-world Tesla solar tile roofs which actually do belong to actual living, breathing retail customers. 😉


But I doubt any one of them is as free of “unsightly” roof vents as the heavily Photoshopped image above. Here’s a real-world photo: