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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Japan’s Omotenashi House to Promote a Self-Sufficient Lifestyle at 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe

September 5, 2012 by  
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Prefabricated BF House Floats Above the Landscape of Castellón Province in Spain

August 17, 2012 by  
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Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof

December 8, 2011 by  
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When renderings of the new Apple campus in Cupertino, California appeared on the scene in June we were stunned by its innovative shape, now we’ve learned that the new circular spaceship building, designed by Foster and Partners , will have one of the largest corporate solar roofs in the country. New building plans released by Apple to the city of Cupertino show the solar canopy will cover the entirety of the main rounded structure as well as the stand-alone parking structure. Estimates put the structure’s square footage at just over 500,000 which would make the array a whopping 5 megawatt system , allaying our fears that the rumors about Apple running their new campus on natural gas were true. Read the rest of Apple Reveals Building Plan for Amazing Cupertino Campus with over 5MW Solar Roof Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , apple , apple building plans , apple campus , apple cupertino campus , apple new building , apple offices , apple renderings , apple’s new campus , apples new offices , building in cupertino , cupertino building , cupertino campus , cupertino city council , green architecture , Green Building , round buildings , solar canopy , Solar Power , Solar Roof

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UK’s Biggest Land Owner Goes Solar

August 17, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Solarcentury /Geoff Moore. Some solar projects, like this 9MW solar roof in New Jersey , are note worthy because of their sheer size. Others, like IKEA’s recent solar purchases , are note worthy because of who is doing them, as the potential for spreading clean energy across multiple premises becomes apparent. News that the Crown Estate in the UK has installed a solar roof on a stone factory it owns falls into t… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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