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:
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.