Solar Roof Installation video, process, costing, etc.

Solar Roof Installation video, process, costing, etc.

I put together this article on my Solar roof glass tile installation. It includes a short video I made showing the installation from tear-off to completion: Enjoy! | May 6, 2020

Good job. Thanks.

What is the approximate square footage of your roof?

The new roof is fire resistant. Did your insurance costs go up merely because of replacement cost? Who is your insurance company? | May 6, 2020

Our roof is about 3600 sq ft. It has large overhangs and covered patios that make the roof far larger than the house itself.

Hard to say on the insurance going up. I was concerned about the added value and wanted to be sure the solar roof and Powerwalls are covered under my replacement policy. They went through and did a total reassessment covering other items I had added/improved over the years that never got into the insurance. So I was happy it was only $75/year.

Insurance is with State Farm. While I didn't have a wood roof, my agent indicated they have a huge premium in our area if you do have a shake roof. A shake roof is a huge fire hazard in many areas of CA.

mail.dendy13 | May 7, 2020

Yup. Did a massive remodel in coastal So CA. New e-panel enabled solar and EV chargers. Unfortunately, I was limited to a 200A feed by our utility (SCE) unless I wanted to spend many tens of thousands of dollars more for a new feed.

My goal was to keep total household energy costs below $100 a month. This includes electricity, natural gas and gasoline. With super efficient everything, EVs, PV and Powerwalls, we got there two years ago.

Now, with the cost of all forms of energy sure to increase, keeping it there will be a challenge. | May 18, 2020

@mail.dendy13 is a copy and paste bot - please flag.

gregbrew | May 19, 2020

I've never had any success in finding a mechanism to flag poster spambots. I've complained about the usability impact of spambots on this forum to the customer service e-mail address, and all I got back was an automated msg from Tesla thanking me for my input, and a promise that someone would get back to me. Result? Crickets.

It's pretty clear that Tesla doesn't give a rat's a$$ that the customer forum is becoming unusable. | May 20, 2020

This Energy Products forum has been bad always. The application was never completed although several people have asked for a fix. It is a shame Tesla will not make it functional. | May 20, 2020

@gregbrew - If you're an owner, you should see a red "Flag as inappropriate" link. When about 7 owners flag a post, it disappears. If you don't see that link on every post, you don't have owner privileges. Contact Tesla and ask that you be upgraded. Normally it's automatic, but a few people seem to fall through the cracks.

One reason spam doesn't disappear from the energy forum is fewer people visit and flag compared with other more frequently accessed forums. Still, it would be nice if Tesla could improve internal anti-spam.

I got so annoyed with it myself, I created a free Chrome plugin that identifies and in many cases auto-flags the spam. Check out the screenshots to see if it might help you. It has many other features too but is very targeted only for the Tesla forums.

gregbrew | May 20, 2020

Evidently, I'm a two-time fell-in-the-cracks victim...once in 2015 for PV, and the second time in 2019 with two PWs. I don't own a Tesla vehicle. I drive a Bolt and a Volt.

I use Firefox for my browser, so your plug-in won't work for me, but thanks for the link.

Besides, a plug-in doesn't really solve the problem: Tesla promised over a year ago that the forums would be closed to non-owners. Clearly didn't happen. | May 21, 2020

I believe Tesla only allows owners to create an original post. Anyone registered can respond to a post. | May 21, 2020

@gregbrew - I'd still ask Tesla for owner privileges. Not sure if it was for vehicle owners only, but it seems you should get that access as a Tesla customer.

gregbrew | May 21, 2020

I sent Tesla a message via the "Forums at Tesla dot com" link at the top of this page, requesting "owner status". We'll see if that gets me anywhere. I'll not be holding my breath... | May 21, 2020

@gregbrew - I suspect they may have quite a backlog from being closed down. Hopefully they will get to it, but it might be a month or so.

bbasselgia | June 3, 2020

What all is included with the roof?

You said you had a leaky area, did they replace the sheeting in that area? Was that included? | June 3, 2020

The leak was fairly new, so the plywood was not damaged and didn't need replacement. I had a few other small areas that needed new plywood and one 2x6 beam had dry rot. Tesla did all that work as part of the job. There was an allowance for basic work, but it wasn't clear how much they might do before they may ask for more money. Other roofing quotes did the same thing. Obviously, no roofer knows what they are going to encounter once the old roof is torn off.

If you think you have major work such as all the plywood needs replacement and/or you have major structural issues, I expect there would be an extra charge.

The job included removal and disposal of the old roof (tiles, and underlayment down to the plywood). The had a Portapoty on the property during the work that they arranged. They also made the repairs I stated above. Temporary removal of the skylights. Two layers of the new underlayment. At night when the roof was bare, they covered the roof in case of rain.

They then installed the new solar roof tiles. Vents changed to a ridge roof design as well and that was included. Several junction boxes were installed in the attic and two inverters installed outside on the side of my house. There was additional work for the Powerwalls and gateway along with its wiring. Tesla had a separate inspector come out and they did a couple of minor fixes and applied various required labels. Tesla also arranged for the city inspectors to come, I think twice during the project.

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@TT - thanks for the update. Why the junctions boxes in the attic? Long wire runs? Is they easy to access should the need arise?

Why were the inverters installed outside the house? No room in the garage? Are the Powerwalls inside?

Does your locality require an external master cutoff switch accessible by fire department? Thanks. | June 4, 2020

@Grins - I was told the junction boxes are some kind of remote disconnect of the solar HV. They are each about 10" square. They could have put them in the garage, but I was fine in the attic. Fairly easy to access.

I wanted the inverters outside, but no reason they couldn't be in the garage. I did have the Powerwalls in the garage. They were quite flexible as to where stuff went. I just picked places that seems logical for me and where the wiring was going.

Not sure if a master cut-off is required, but they did install one. Outside near my master breaker panel, they added three boxes - a gateway and electronic disconnect box, which separates the solar/Powerwalls/house from the grid if there is a power outage. It is required by utilities for safety. Another box for master cutoff, and a smaller 8-breaker box for breakers for Powerwalls and inverters.