If What Elon Musk Just Said is True, There Will Be No Reason to Buy a Non-Solar Roof

SolarCity—or should we say Tesla Energy—is on the verge of changing roofs forever.

Elon Musk says that, after meeting with SolarCity’s roof engineering team, he is confident the company can deliver a product at a cost that of a regular roof, even before energy savings are factored in.

“It’s looking quite promising that a solar roof actually cost less than normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account,” Musk stated.

If true, there would be no reason for a homeowner to purchase any roof but a SolarCity one moving forward.

The previous claim was that the roof was cheaper than regular roofs only after factoring in energy savings, which was already impressive. But Musk says the current roofing supply chain is inefficient and antiquated. Tesla’s solar roof tiles weigh a fraction of current roof solutions, he says. He believes that streamlined logistics and a cleaned up supply chain could dramatically reduce the cost of manufacturing and shipping roofing solutions.

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