Energy Products

I Just Ordered a Tesla Solar Roof (Updated 01/03/2020)

edited January 3 in Energy Products
It has been a while, but I have some news and need to update. FYI, I put a deposit on a Tesla Solar Roof in August 2017.

I was hopeful this past August (2019) when my Tesla Energy contact asked for some additional information about my house. Unfortunately, Tesla was installing the “Textured” roof tiles and I need the “Slate” tiles. My contact said he would update my file to reflect the correct tiles.

As background I recently noted on the Tesla Energy site that Solarglass installations in California were beginning in November 2019, with Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Hawaii, and Florida in December 2019. In 2020 it is expected to expand to “additional states”. I am hopeful Virginia will be included in 2020 as when yesterday I clicked my “Solarglass Roof” “MANAGE” box I was pleased to find a new request to provide a “Home Assessment”.

The home assessment asked if my home is part of a Home Owners Association and for me to forward photographs of my electric meter, external and internal shots of my circuit breaker panel, a closeup view of MAIN circuit breaker itself, and a panoramic view of my garage wall. Progress, I hope.

The next part of the process is the “Confirm Order: Coming Soon” where it states ”We are designing a system based on your unique energy needs. We’ll let you know when your order is ready for confirmation.” I love that Tesla “Coming Soon” part.

I have owned a Tesla Model S since June, 2014. Although my residence Home Owner's Association in Fairfax County, Virginia, is not too friendly with "visible from the street" solar, it posed little objection if the components are approved by the internal Architectural Review Board (ARB). Like many, I believe solar is a good way to go. When Tesla announced the Tesla Solar Roof using solar tiles I thought this to be a good way to get solar that would satisfy me and my ARB.

Last month I received a Tesla "Weekend Social" invitation which was "…to join other Tesla owners for an exclusive look at a home powered by Tesla. Our team of specialists will be available to discuss how combining Solar Roof and Powerwall provide you with the ability to produce your own energy, reduce your reliance on the grid, and sustainably power your lifestyle." I figured it was a no-brainer so I went to Bethesda and met with about 60 other owners. The presentation was well done and the Tesla team answered virtually all of the questions posed by the audience.

This month I made an appointment with Tesla Energy Advisor, Nick Stone, 1-702-749-1203, who works in the Tesla Gallery at the Tysons Corner Center. Nick asked for an email copy of my electric bill to assist in his workup. A few days later, Nick came to my house and conducted a walk around and we sat down to discuss the project. So far my electric company, Dominion Energy, has no viable net-metering program as any extra energy produced I sell to them at wholesale price and they sell back to me at retail when I am on the grid. I have time to do a bit more homework on Dominion to determine any options. Given my geographical location and placement/direction of the house my solar roof will probably provide from 50 to 70% of my household needs. Much better than nothing, but there will not be too much selling back anyway.

I specified to Nick that the best appearing covering for my house would be the slate tiles and I asked that two Powerwalls be installed. After previously running the cost numbers on the Tesla Energy site for my 2600 square foot roof I wasn't surprised at Nick's estimated installed price. If the tax credit is still available when my roof is installed sometime in 2019, I may still come out ahead of the game. Notwithstanding, solar is the way to go and I am content to do my part.

A couple of days after our the meeting "Solar Roof" showed up on my My Tesla page. It says:
"What's Next?
When we are ready to begin installations in your area, a Solar Roof product specialist will reach out to you to answer any questions you may have and discuss the next steps for your project.
Your Solar Roof
Textured glass tiles, 2 Powerwalls
For immediate assistance, please contact us (link).
Your order is fully refundable until you confirm your final design.You may cancel your order (link)." Pretty cool stuff

The countdown has begun and I feel akin to the Model S early adopters who waited years for their cars to be built and delivered. I only have two years to wait. Sounds…soon.


  • edited August 2017
    Cool. Keep us informed.
  • edited November -1
    Yes please do
  • edited November -1
    Have you presented the solar roof product to your HOA? I'm assuming they would be thrilled and want others, who want solar, to follow suit.
  • edited August 2017
    so the cost is?
  • edited August 2017
    I thought a HOA could not legally stop solar panels, tv antennas, cloths lines, etc.
  • edited August 2017
    I think it depends on the state. In California I believe they cannot stop it but can get you to change it slightly if they don't like the aesthetics as long as the cost does not go up by more than 10% and does not change the efficiency by more than 10%. I had my solar roof approved by my HOA in 2014 and my solar pool heater approve in June. The approved it as is on bothe occasions but it can take up to 45 days. They also require a $500 deposit to ensure clean up and this can take up to 60 days to return. I have waited over 30 days so far and they still have not returned my deposit.
  • edited August 2017
    very exciting! keep us posted
  • edited August 2017
    Great post! Made at the right time. Good luck with project.

    (I love the name of your utility. Not surprising they don't have a great metering plan)
  • edited November -1,

    That's funny, we have a net metering plan with Dominion Energy that rolls back the meter whenever we overproduce and pulls from the grid when we don't. No selling the overage, just pay for what we use @ $.11/KWh. We didn't install a second meter to show production, but we've been doing fine with a very minimal electric bill. We used only $352 of electricity for all of last year. So far this year we've used maybe half of that.
  • edited August 2017
    Thanks for all the positive comments.
    @Tropopause - I have not yet submitted as there may be changing requirements in the next two years.
    @warren_tran - given the size of coverage and two Powerwalls and after tax credits it may be around $75K. I should be able to recoup my costs over the life of the roof. The ecology is a huge positive.
    @Nexxus - I hope I can equal your success. Dominion is not very friendly to local solar as there is a profit thing. Perhaps I can get a better deal as I get closer to installation. Notwithstanding obstacles I am moving forward.
  • edited November -1
    @grins, Yeah, we installed a little over 7 years ago and there weren't that many homes in VA doing solar. Now, I guess, they are reluctant to hook up more and more onto the grid and their terms might have changed.
  • edited November -1
    Yup. They only allow 1 percent of their total annual output in buy back credits or "cash". Unless that percent is changed by the utility commission my current thinking is the nearly all of my solar output will be directed toward my own usage or Powerwall storage. Still good.
  • edited August 2017
    Grins: Like most NetMetering programs, Dominion's allows homeowner's solar production to offset their consumption over the course of a full year at full retail rates. And unlike many they also allow you to roll any excess over from one year to the next.

    So that's a pretty good program, if you can get into it... It's basically a free unlimited size powerwall except it doesn't provide backup power when the grid is down. But it's a great (free) way to shuttle energy from your solar panels into your Tesla (or any other usage) without incurring the efficiency loss of going through a powerwall.
  • edited November -1
    Excellent @grins!
  • edited August 2017
    The OP didn't tell us anything about the home powered by Tesla. Also, some actual information about the solar roof specs would be nice.
  • edited August 2017 That is expensive for solar roof. Why didn't you consider solar system instead.

    I just got 3.6KW installed for $18.1k but roughly $8k after all the tax credit. It should provide 85-90% of my electricity usage. PGE have net metering program for our area.
  • edited August 2017
    @McLary - i gave you the square footage of my roof. Look on the Tesla web site for more information about the program:

    @warren_tran - the Tesla Solar Roof IS expensive in the short term and perhaps the cost will be less when I install in 2019. Over 30+ years it may be less so. My children will reap the benefits. The number of solar panels I could fit on the back side of my roof (non sun side) would not be worth the expense of the energy gained.
  • edited August 2017
    Anyone have an idea when tesla will start offering solar panels in the Memphis TN areas. Everytime I request a quote I’m told “not offered in my area yet.”
  • edited November -1, thanks for posting. Please keep us informed as you move to get everything installed. The $75k estimate I assume includes the two Powerwall-2s. We paid $83k for our 13.2 kWh solar system five years ago, so your costs seem reasonable to me given you get a new roof, solar, and Powerwall-2 backup battery system for less than our original solar system. I am also waiting to get 2-Powerwall-2's installed, hopefully within the next several months.
  • edited November -1
    @Tesla-David - yes, two Powerwall2s. That $75K includes a presumed $22K tax credit. Hopefully there will still be a credit in 2019. My system may be nearer to 10kWh. Do you suppose there may be a Powerwall3 by 2019? ;-)
  • edited August 2017
    Not sure. I originally signed up for the Powerwall-1, and waited to no avail for that installation. I signed up more than one year ago for the Powerwall-2, and was finally contacted by Tesla last month and notified that they are finally starting to move into Northwest. I hope to be one of the first installations in Seattle area. I expect they will continue to innovate and improve their Powerwalls, so there may well be an updated improved version by your installation date in 2019.
  • edited August 2017, just wanted to say after reading this article and watching the utube video of EM, that I think you are going to love your solar roof and Powerwall-2 installation. I have been incredibly satisfied with the solar installation we did 5 years ago, and have been Net-positive for the past five years, producing all the electricity we need to power our all electric home and charge our MS (205% in 2016).
  • edited August 2017
    @Tesla-David - looks like you are getting great results and in the Seattle area. Hope mine are at least half that good. Time will tell.
  • edited August 2017
    I put the $1000 down for the Tesla Roof a couple months ago and still waiting to here from Tesla. I'm in San Diego , Ca and thought the installation would start back in July. I did call up Tesla and was able to speak to a representative and was inform that the solar roof is still in testing phase. I hope to hear from Tesla soon with good news because my electricity bill is a bit high this past couple of months.
  • edited August 2017
    It is my understanding that there is only one one house that has a working Tesla roof installed and that house belongs to Elon Musk. Good place for the test bed.
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