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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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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Tesla to start taking solar roof orders in April

March 28, 2017 by  
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is continuing in his quest to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy by announcing via Twitter on Friday that the electric carmaker and clean energy storage company will start taking orders for its solar roof shingles in April. The solar roof shingle product will be offered by Tesla’s SolarCity division. Tesla aquired the solar panel maker last November. Musk’s vision of a Tesla-powered home includes the solar roof turning sunlight into renewable electricity used for immediate use or storage in a Powerwall battery used to charge a Tesla electric vehicle in the garage and provide residential power when the sun sets. The solar tiles integrated into the roof include three layers — the color louver film in the middle that makes the solar tiles invisible from the street level but fully able to take advantage of the sun from above; the tempered glass on top that is durable and impact resistant; and of course on the bottom layer the high efficiency solar cell . The glass comes in four tile styles — tuscan glass, slate glass, textured glass and smooth glass. Related: Elon Musk says Tesla’s solar roof will be cheaper than ordinary roofs “The base of the proposition would be, would you like a roof that looks better than the normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less, and by the way, generates electricity?” Musk told investors in November. “It’s like why would you get anything else? Maybe there’s a reason. I’m not sure why.” According to an estimate in Consumer Reports , an installed textured glass tile solar roof should cost around $73,500. However, Consumer Reports added $2,000 a year to the value of the roof from the free electricity generated with solar. Over the 30-year solar roof lifespan, that is a $60,000 value, significantly offsetting the upfront costs. + Tesla Solar Via Greentech Media Images via Tesla

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Tesla confirms SolarCity acquisition is complete

November 21, 2016 by  
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Last week, Tesla shareholders “overwhelmingly” showed their support for a merger with SolarCity , the solar energy company started by Elon Musk ‘s cousins. On November 21, a Tesla spokesperson confirmed the $2.6 billion acquisition is finished, which will enable Tesla to offer solar power to complement their electric cars and wall batteries . Tesla first floated the idea of an acquisition back in June , saying should the acquisition go through they would be the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products to our customers.” Tesla started Tesla Energy in early 2015, offering products such as the Powerwall battery, and saw a SolarCity acquisition as a logical next step. Related: Tesla shareholders “overwhelmingly” approve SolarCity merger Some people are still concerned the merger doesn’t make a lot of financial sense for Tesla in the short term. CFRA Research analyst Efraim Levy told CNBC about the acquisition, “Whatever the synergies are down the road, it’s negative for current holders.” Some analysts say the SolarCity acquisition is too risky. Tesla has recently unveiled products that make a lot of sense for a combined company, such as solar roof tiles and a glass solar roof for the Model 3. Tesla also indicated they think the merger will be beneficial for their company; in a statement in early November they said SolarCity would “add more than half a billion dollars in cash to Tesla’s balance sheet over the next three years.” Other people point to Musk’s drive as one factor that pushed the deal through, even if it won’t benefit investors right away. Musk addressed the merger in his Master Plan, Part Deux , saying that the fact that Tesla and Solar City were two distinct companies “is largely an accident of history.” He said, “Now that Tesla is ready to scale Powerwall and SolarCity is ready to provide highly differentiated solar, the time has come to bring them together.” Via The Verge Images via SolarCity Facebook and Heisenberg Media on Flickr

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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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Elevated glass-bottomed pool gives thrill-seekers dramatic alpine views

November 18, 2016 by  
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The dramatic cantilevered pool is one of many additions in NOA’s renovation of Hotel Hubertus, completed May 2016. The new accommodation wing, which includes 16 new suites and facilities, is visually connected to the old accommodation wing by the pool, which sits between the two. The sky infinity pool appears to float weightlessly in the landscape, hovering 12 meters above ground, and successfully passes on that gravity-defying feeling to swimmers thanks to a glazed front, a glass window at the bottom of the pool, and no view-obstructing barriers. The pool has a width of 5 meters, a length of 25 meters, and a depth of 1.3 meters. A 17-meter length of the pool juts out from the front of the hotel to overlook spectacular views of the Dolomites . Trunks of native larch trees stripped of bark support the pool. “The new pool , which imposingly rests in-between the two accommodation wings, seems like a floating rock, come to rest at the site, overlooking the valley,” write the architects. “The hidden edges of the pool, kept in anthracite-coloured stone, abolish the gap between pool and landscape, creating the impression of the water flowing into nothing, disappearing between pool and landscape. The pool metaphorically reminds of a mountain lake, nestled into the astonishing mountainscape of the UNESCO World Heritage site , the Dolomites…” Related: Glass-bottomed sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air To create a uniform appearance between the existing building and the new build, the architects added native larch tree trunks to the facade. The debarked trunks were installed in a rhythmic, alternating pattern and double as sun screens , room dividers, and rain protectors. New perforated, powder-coated metal balustrades replaced the old wooden ones and enhance the wings’ curved forms shaped to follow the existing topography. + NOA Via Dezeen Images via NOA

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Tesla shareholders overwhelmingly approve SolarCity merger

November 18, 2016 by  
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Tesla ’s shareholders just announced their overwhelming approval of the company’s merger with SolarCity . The vote paves the way for the $2.6 billion acquisition to occur “in the coming days.” The combination of energy generation, home power storage , and transportation into one integrated provider is an unprecedented – and exciting – step toward the future. “Excluding the votes of Elon and other affiliated shareholders, more than 85% of shares voted were cast in favor of the acquisition,” a blog post from Tesla explained. The companies showed what their combined powers can do with the release of solar-powered roof tiles earlier this month. Elon Musk , CEO of Tesla , has also hinted at using the technology to deck out the Model 3 with a solar-powered glass roof . Related: Tesla and SolarCity just agreed on a $2.6 billion merger It is clear that the long-term potential for this merger is vast, and Musk’s vision for the future appears to be limitless. He’s already planning to unleash compact SUVs, buses, and fully autonomous vehicles in the years to come. By acquiring SolarCity, he hopes to “create the world’s only integrated sustainable energy company” and “look[s] forward to showing the world what Tesla and SolarCity can achieve together.” + Tesla + SolarCity Via The Verge Images via Tesla and Flickr )

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The Tesla Model 3 could feature an ice-melting solar roof

November 3, 2016 by  
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Elon Musk just announced that the already amazing and affordable Tesla Model 3 will feature the same photovoltaic glass technology used in the company’s recently unveiled solar roof system . According to Musk, the technology could be used to create a car roof that defosts ice and melts snow while continuously generating energy from the sun. The CEO dropped some huge hints during a conference call regarding Tesla’s merger with SolarCity, where he also described the creation of a special Tesla glass division. The Model 3 , expected to be released in 2017, is already making waves as the company’s first affordable electric vehicle . The surprising price of $35,000 (before tax incentives) and the estimated 215 mile driving range are enough to consider trading in your gas-guzzler, but the addition of a solar roof is the cherry on top. While Musk did not come right out and say how the new technology would be integrated in the Model 3, his tweets seem to paint a pretty clear picture: “Solar glass tiles can also incorporate heating elements, like rear defroster on a car, to clear roof of snow and keep generating energy.” Related: Tesla, Solar City launch groundbreaking new solar roof product Referring to the ability to incorporate heating elements directly into the glass solar panels, Musk all but gives away the plans for a paneled roof and windshield that can defrost and melt snow efficiently. He also gave reassurance that the system is “strongly net positive ,” so melting away frost consume a minimal amount of energy. The merger between Tesla and SolarCity will not only benefit customers set on powering their homes with renewable energy, but also the everyday driver who wants to cruise around in an affordable, solar-topped EV. + Tesla Via Futurism Images via Tesla

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