Musk and SolarCity make solar roof panels look goodElon Musk showcased his ambitions to make Tesla Motors a clean-energy behemoth Friday, unveiling a new solar roof product at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California.
As the sun set, Musk told hundreds of guests gathered in an outside courtyard on the “Desperate Housewives” set that Tesla and SolarCity, the company that he chairs and which he aims to acquire, will make solar roofs that look better than normal roofs. He then showcased several houses with solar tiles gracefully embedded. Because the tiles are fully integrated into the roofs, many guests in attendance could not tell that they were solar.
Musk’s presentation was short on details about the proven efficiency of the solar cells, the roof’s warranty, cost or when it will be available to customers. The solar roof will be offered in four styles: Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile - due to a variety of architectural choices. SolarCity’s website says production will begin in mid-2017.Bloomberg