Tesla's Solar Roofs Might Be Even Cheaper Than Expected
Elon Musk says the cost to manufacture and install one of the solar roofs will be less than a traditional roof even before the power savings.By Stephanie Liebergen | November 18, 2016
Just weeks after Tesla unveiled its new solar roof styles, CEO Elon Musk says they'll be even more affordable than he thought.
Initially, Musk said the renewable-energy roofs would cost less than a traditional one when you combined the upfront cost with the expected energy savings. But now, he says the cost to manufacture and install one of the solar roofs will be less than a traditional roof even before the power savings.
According to Bloomberg, much of the cost savings will come from shipping the materials. Traditional roofing materials are bulky and heavy, making for expensive shipping costs. But Musk's solar roof materials are lighter, making them easier and cheaper to ship.