Tesla unveils discreet solar panels for any roof type, in collaboration with Panasonic
Tesla has unveiled a range of discreet solar panels, to be produced by Panasonic, which are designed to be easily mounted to existing roofs.
The company already offers a range of solar roof tiles that can replace a traditional roof or be used in new buildings in order to produce up to a third of a household’s electricity.
The new panels are designed to be applied to existing roofs, a cheaper solution than replacing all the tiles.
“Our solar panels blend into your roof with integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware. The result is a clean, streamlined look,” Tesla says.
Like the solar roof tiles, the panels can be combined with Tesla’s Powerwall in order to power the house during the night or during grid outages.
The Powerwall is effectively a massive lithium-ion battery that can be used to either store renewable electricity or can be charged from the grid at night at off-peak prices for use during the day.
The new panels follow Tesla’s deal with Panasonic in October to create solar cells at its ‘Gigafactory 2’ in Buffalo, New York.
According to Electrek, they will be manufactured by Panasonic for Tesla’s exclusive use and won’t be made available to third-party installers or individuals.
One of the impediments to mass adoption of household solar systems is the reluctance from some people to install them due to the way in which they change the aesthetic appearance of a building.
These sleeker panels are designed to go some way towards remedying that when installation of the solar roof tiles is not practical.
They are 325-watt and “exceed industry standards for durability and lifespan”, Tesla claims.
In January Tesla started US production of lithium ion batteries at its Gigafactory in Nevada which is designed to ultimately reduce the cost of production in order to make electric cars and battery storage more affordable.
Last year Nissan unveiled a smart city concept that used the batteries of electric cars to store power generated by solar and wind that could be attached to the main electricity grid in order to power homes.