Tesla introduced solar roofs in 2016 during an impressive campaign through a TV series called Desperate Housewives. Musk himself appeared on the show to showcase the advanced tiles and announced that orders would open in May 2017. However, since then no noise was made about the roof components. This comes as a surprise since the tiles have various advantages.
Should mention that the Tesla solar roof is robust against any weather, incl heavy hail. Also, higher insulating value than a standard roof.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 29, 2016
We test Tesla Solar Roof in temperatures from -40 to 105 C
— Tesla (@Tesla) March 28, 2018
The tiles are available in a range of attractive textures and designs. Solar Roof tiles are also customizable to the amount of electricity a roof produces and integrated with off-grid reliability. They also come with a nearly infinite warranty. Recently, a new security video has also appeared which shows more qualities of the tiles. The video features an emergency response on a Tesla equipped solar rooftop.
Tesla solar glass roof orders open this afternoon. I think it will be great. More in about 10 hours …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2017
In the video, firefighters can be seen dismantling a roof which has Tesla Solar Roof tiles installed, to create ventilation and clear a path to walk through. The video was hosted by former assistant fire chief for the Hopland fire district Brock Archer. Archer’s firm for training rescue professionals has worked on other Tesla products as well. The Solar rooftop video is supported by Tesla and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
To dismantle the roof safely, instructions information was given by Tesla and also received through hands-on research as well. The security demonstration shows that the electricity-wired construction is relatively easy to dismantle safely. Since the system is not grounded, the responders need to make sure that they touch only one cut wire at a time to guarantee their safety. Archer said that there is “almost zero risks of shock or electrocution” while cutting either the tiles or diode trunk harness. The demo has arrived at a time when Tesla is preparing to increase its solar-related product delivery. Tesla chief technology officer JB Straubel said, “No one should see us as stepping back from solar. In fact, it’s the opposite. People have come flooding in and are waiting for the product. So now we’re aggressively ramping our capacity.”