Tesla aims to ramp up Solar Roof production in Buffalo next year

November 3, 2017 by  
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Tesla’s Solar Roof could be seen on more homes as the company plans to increase production in 2018. They said in a letter to shareholders they’ll be moving production from their Fremont, California factory to the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo , New York. According to Inverse , Elon Musk provided for the first time a concrete timeframe for ramping up production, during a recent conference call, to allow for more customer installations. Tesla plans to start manufacturing more Solar Roofs soon. In a Wednesday conference call, chief technology officer JB Straubel said they are “on track to turn on most of the production line in Buffalo by the end of the year.” In the shareholder letter, Musk and chief financial officer Deepak Ahuja said as they move production to Buffalo, energy generation with the Solar Roofs will become a larger part of Tesla’s business in 2018. Related: A Tesla solar roof rotates to naturally cool this desert home in Iran Tesla has deployed less solar capacity in the third quarter than one year ago: 109 megawatts (MW) as opposed to 187 MW. In the letter, Musk and Ahuja said, “The lower developments are in large part a result of deliberately deemphasizing commercial and industrial solar energy projects with low profit and limited cash generation.” As they make the move from Fremont to Buffalo, they said in the letter Solar Roof installations will increase slowly at first, but “as we fine tune and standardize the production and installation process, we expect to ramp Solar Roof production considerably in 2018.” Musk and Ahuja affirmed Musk’s vision for pursuing renewable energy – over ten years ago, Musk said in his first master plan Tesla aimed to provide “ zero emission electric power generation options.” In this recent letter the two executives said sustainable energy – and storing it – are crucial components of the company’s mission “and will drive long-term revenue growth and profits.” Via The Buffalo News and Inverse Images via Tesla

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Teslas highly-anticipated solar roofs go up for pre-order today

May 10, 2017 by  
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Good news! Tesla’s solar roof tiles will finally be open for pre-orders today. Earlier this morning, CEO of the company Elon Musk tweeted that orders for the highly anticipated tiles will begin this afternoon. He wrote, “Tesla solar glass roof orders open this afternoon. I think it will be great. More in about 10 hours …” Only two of the four possible tile styles are being made publicly available. According to a response Musk made to a question on Twitter, the tiles that can be pre-ordered are the black glass smooth and textured versions. The Tuscan and French slate versions will be available to order “in about six months,” he added. Tesla solar glass roof orders open this afternoon. I think it will be great. More in about 10 hours … — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2017 Tesla enthusiasts around the world can get excited, for the product can be ordered “for almost any country,” according to the company’s CEO. Deployment (i.e. delivery and installation) has also been confirmed for this year in the U.S. and in 2018 for overseas orders. No official price has yet been confirmed for the sought-after Tesla tiles. According to previous hints from the American automaker, however, the cost of its solar tiles is likely to be the same as the cost of an ordinary roof, in addition to the cost of electricity . Undoubtedly, this will be the biggest hurdle for many who seek to invest in the eco-friendly technology. More will be known in a few hours. Why all the excitement? The solar roof tiles are capable of generating enough energy to fully power a household. Any excess power generated could be stored in Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0 battery units , ensuring a household has a backup energy source in case of demand spikes. Related: Tesla just chopped $5000 off the cheapest Model S One of the tiles consumers are looking forward to is the quartz solar roof tile, which was announced by Musk last fall. According to a series of tweets he made, the tiles are transparent to allow sunlight to penetrate the cells from above but appear opaque when viewed from a certain angle. Additionally, they have roughly equivalent efficiency of traditional solar power gathering cells. They are likely to become most popular because of their more traditional roofing aesthetic. Musk has said of the tiles, “The solar roof consists of uniquely designed glass tiles that complement the aesthetics of any home, embedded with the highest efficiency photovoltaic cells. It is infinitely customizable for a variety of different home styles, each uniquely engineered so that the photovoltaic cells are invisible. He added, “We expect this to have two or three times the longevity of asphalt. It’s really never going to wear out. It’s got a quasi-infinite lifetime. It’s made of quartz ”. + Tesla Via  Electrek

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Tile shelter protects ancient inscriptions on China’s Thousand-Buddha Cliff

May 10, 2017 by  
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The Qianfoya Cliff Inscriptions in Guangyuan, Sichuan Province date back about 1700 years – but unfortunately, they’ve been damaged over the years by high winds and rain. To protect the beloved historic site from further erosion, the National Administration of Cultural Heritage recently constructed a protective shelter with a breathable tile-curtain facade directly onto the cliffside. Although the objective of the shelter was to protect the ancient inscriptions, the museum sought a practical solution that would offer optimal resilience without taking away from the natural beauty surrounding the caves. The small black shelter is designed to blend into the rocky cliffs. Related: New protective timber slats shield the renovated Escu House from Sydney’s sun To blend the hut into the cliff with minimal interference, a horizontal platform was rooted into the landscape through a cantilever system supported by deep manual piles. Traditional grey tiles cover the walls and the roof, blending into the cliff and the natural environment. Over time, moss will begin to cover the structure, further integrating the building into its setting. The shelter protects the inscriptions from rain and strong winds with a semi-transparent fabric. The breathable envelope provides shade to reduce the exposure to direct sunlight and maintains the cliff’s natural temperature and humidity. Openings on the west facade of the structure enable full air ventilation throughout the interior, which helps to reduce moisture and humidity that could have occurred with a more conventional shelter design. A multimedia box inside gives visitors an overview of the historic nature of the cliff inscriptions. + Art Museum of Qianfoya Cliff Inscriptions

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Tesla unveils discreet new rooftop solar panels

April 10, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk’s solar roof tiles won’t fit the bill for every home. Some homeowners won’t want to replace their entire roofs , but Tesla , of course, already has a solution. They’re now marketing sleek, low-profile solar panels that are easy to install and better blend in with roofs than traditional panels. Leave it to Tesla to offer an elegant alternative to traditional solar panels. They updated the Energy section of their website over the weekend to include new images of their solar panels. The seamless look of the new technology is thanks to “integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware” according to Tesla’s website. Electrek said these features come from Zep Solar , a mounting equipment company SolarCity acquired before Tesla’s acquisition . Zep Solar engineers designed the rail-less system Solar City employed to slash solar installation times in half. Related: Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs Tesla says their panels “exceed industry standards for durability and lifespan” on their website. Panasonic will be manufacturing the exclusive panels at the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. There aren’t many specifics available for the new solar panels yet, but Electrek said they will be 325-watt panels. They noted Panasonic sells other 325 watt panels, and those have a 25-year power output warranty and a 21.76 percent module efficiency. Tesla and before that SolarCity used to install solar panels from multiple suppliers as many solar companies do, but told Electrek once these new panels go into production, Tesla will use them for all residential projects in the future. It seems Elon Musk aims at offering solar solutions with better aesthetics for those who have been hesitant to go solar in the past with the bulky rooftop options. Anyone interested right now can request a custom quote on Tesla’s website . The company told Electrek production should begin this summer. Via Electrek and Engadget Images via Tesla

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Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs

November 18, 2016 by  
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Forget about foregoing a Tesla solar roof to save money. Elon Musk said his company’s roofs will be cheaper than ordinary roofs. He also said the energy-generating roofs will last longer than typical roofs, so, said the real-life Iron Man, “Why would you get anything else?” At first Tesla solar roofs will be a premium product, according to Bloomberg, as the company’s slate and terra cotta tiles are 20 times more expensive than asphalt singles. But that factor could become irrelevant because of reduced shipping costs. It’s expensive to ship traditional roof tiles because they’re so heavy and fragile. Musk said Tesla’s solar tiles are easier to ship and weigh around a fifth of what regular tiles weigh. Related: Tesla shareholders “overwhelmingly” approve SolarCity merger Tesla’s tile roofs will be cheaper to both manufacture and install, according to Musk, and will provide savings to a homeowner even before energy bill savings. He said ” Electricity is just a bonus.” Not only could Tesla solar roofs ultimately save owners a wad of money, the sleek solar roof design could convince more people to go solar . Musk said, “The key is to make solar look good. We want you to call your neighbors over and say, ‘Check out this sweet roof.'” The solar roofs will be made of tempered glass in four styles: Tuscan, slate, textured, and smooth. The innovative tiles come with solar cells invisible to a casual observer, a color louver film layer to enable the tiles to blend in, and a tempered glass layer. Tesla says the electricity from the roofs can be immediately utilized or stored in a Powerwall battery. The company aims to have their solar roofs available by the summer of 2017; you can sign up for updates here . Via Gizmodo and Bloomberg Images via screenshot and Tesla

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2017 Chevy Bolt wins coveted ‘Green Car of the Year’

November 18, 2016 by  
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Earlier this week Motor Trend named the 2017 Chevy Bolt electric car as its 2017 Car of the Year and Car and Driver recently added it to its Top 10 list. Now the “electric car for the masses” has been named the Green Car of the Year, by the Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show . Green Car Journal editors selected the 2017 Bolt for its 238 mile driving range, stylish design, pleasing driving dynamics, and welcome new technologies. The Bolt beat out other contenders like the BMW 330e iPerformance, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Optima and Toyota Prius Prime. This is also the second year in the row that Chevy has won the award, since last year the second-generation Chevy Volt won the coveted award. “The 2017 Bolt EV is a game-changing electric vehicle that delivers long range at an affordable price,” said Steve Majoros, Marketing Director, Chevrolet Cars & Crossovers. “We’re excited to have the Bolt EV arrive to select dealer showrooms later this year and honored to have it named as Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year®.” Related: 2017 Chevy Bolt gets an EPA-certified 238-mile driving range “From the time modern electric vehicles emerged in the 1990s, limited driving range has presented a core challenge to the commercialization of electric cars affordable to everyday drivers. Bolt overcomes this with its 238-mile battery electric driving range and approachable price, the first production electric car to achieve this milestone,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com. The Bolt will start rolling into showrooms in all 50 states by the end of the year with a staring price at $37,500 before any state or federal tax incentives. + Green Car Journal All images @ Chevy

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Elon Musk plans to unveil solar roof and Powerwall 2.0 on October 28

September 23, 2016 by  
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Moving swiftly after their $2.6 billion merger , Tesla and SolarCity are gearing up to release their first jointly branded product: a solar roof that charges an integrated backup power system . To be clear, this new product combo would not be a rooftop solar array or interlocking solar tiles, but rather a real rooftop made of solar panels. The system would be linked with Tesla Powerwall 2.0, the long-awaited less expensive version of the company’s innovative battery backup. CEO Elon Musk says the launch is planned for October 28 in the San Francisco Bay area. Musk tweeted the announcement on Thursday afternoon, promising the unveil of “new Tesla/SolarCity solar roof with integrated Powerwall 2.0 battery and Tesla charger.” Despite the absence of details in his update, we already have a good idea of what this product will involve, because he’s spoken about it before. Earlier this summer, Musk let it be known that Tesla and SolarCity were developing a solar roof to target customers with older rooftops who may be putting off solar panel installs due to the cost of repairing their existing roof. A solar roof would address both issues at the same time. Related: Elon Musk is developing a roof made entirely out of solar panels The inclusion of a Tesla car charger isn’t surprising, but one might hope that feature will be an optional add-on, since certainly not every homeowner wanting a solar roof will also want (or be able to afford) a Tesla. Even so, a fully integrated clean energy solution that can power your house through the night, or during interruptions in grid power, marks a major milestone in terms of connecting homeowners with emissions-free energy alternatives. The October unveil date is pretty exciting, and renewable energy enthusiasts are eager to learn more about this innovative product, such as its price point and production date. In August, SolarCity’s Peter Rive told Engadget that the solar roof would be a key part of a ramp-up in production around the second quarter of 2017, but that timeline could be impacted by pending lawsuits against the solar company that Tesla says could delay the merger deal. Either way, it’s too soon to say when homeowners might be able to install a roof to power their homes. Via Clean Technica Images via Tesla  and Elon Musk/Twitter

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Raywork’s Design Unveils Regenerative Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

November 25, 2014 by  
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Raywork’s recent design submission of a regenerative walkway and public display system to the Taipei International Design Competition 2014 ( TIDC 2014 ) has some serious potential. The walkway structure features a photovoltaic regenerative roof with a multipurpose design that could fit easily at a roadside, beach side or bus or rail shelter. Read the rest of Raywork’s Design Unveils Regenerative Solar & Wind Powered Walkway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , media wall , public display system , rayworks design , regenerative walkway , solar , Solar Roof , solar shelter , Street art , tony Thomas , vertical axis wind turbines , Zero Energy Media Wall

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Robert Augustine’s Phoenix House is an Off-Grid Eco Outpost

October 5, 2012 by  
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The Phoenix House is a solar home designed to be an outpost for living off the grid. Designed by architect  Robert Augustine , the  Phoenix House is set in the intensely hot, dry climate of the desert near Phoenix, Arizona. It celebrates the potential of emerging photovoltaic and wind technologies and couples them with passive energy design strategies to create a “machine for living.” It is responsive to the external environment and adjusts the internal climate and conditions for optimum comfort, convenience and lifestyle. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! A giant solar roof umbrella supported by a steel frame and vertical steel trusses sits over the living space. A photovoltaic array and water circulating solar panels are integrated in this umbrella. The house is wrapped in a granular coated, recycled aluminum skin with high emissive qualities that reflects and releases the sun’s heat and keeps the skin surface and structure cool. A two-story greenhouse cavity wall, facing south, insulates and protects the living space from extreme temperature fluctuations. The greenhouse can also help humidify the air in this intensely dry climate. The solar pool, linked to collectors, serves as a heat pump. Brightly colored awnings adjust to shade the roof garden/ deck. A solar electric pumping station charges vehicles directly from an attached photovoltaic. The house is a prototypical design, which can be manufactured as a kit of parts that can be shipped and assembled on-site. + The Phoenix House

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Blu Homes Introduces The Sidebreeze, Their Largest Prefab Yet

October 5, 2012 by  
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