Tesla’s latest event was labeled as Powerwall 2 but the more interesting part of the event was when Elon announced a set of solar tiles for roofs.
These new solar tiles are available in a few styles including a Tuscan style one in an orange color and more modern grey tile ones shown above. All the styles are made of glass that are stronger than conventional roof tiles. Elon claimed that installing or replacing a roof would be cheaper with these Solar City tiles than a conventional roof!
Elon also announced Powerwall 2 with twice as much energy storage than the first iteration, along with PowerPack 2 for the commercial market.
The goal is to have solar on your roof, a Powerwall in your garage, and a Tesla in your driveway.
I have already had solar on my house for 10 years, and I actually have a flat roof where you cannot even see the panels. My house is quite unusual, but if I had a conventional house without solar I would seriously consider these new panels. I wonder if only Solar City can install them or can you buy them at retail stores like Home Depot?
Part of the timing of this event was clearly to influence the vote on the merger. My small number of Tesla shares will in no way influence the outcome, but I have not yet decided how to vote.