Tesla to begin taking solar roof orders this afternoon

Update: CNBC reports the first two styles of Tesla’s new solar roof will cost about $21.85 per square foot.

Elon Musk announced that Tesla solar glass roof orders are nearly ready for pre-order through a late-night tweet.

According to TechCrunch, delivery and installation of the new tiles in the U.S. will take place this year, and in 2018 for overseas orders. Price of the tiles is still unknown.

“Previous hints from Tesla on the cost of its solar tiles have suggested the price of the system will amount to the price of an ordinary roof plus the cost of electricity,” writes TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas.

Tesla also released information saying that U.S. homeowners can use  its website’s cost calculator to estimate the cost of a Solar Roof up front and the value of the energy it can generate for their home. The calculator is based on factors like roof size, the average local price of electricity, number of Powerwalls installed and how much sunlight a neighborhood receives throughout the year. Customers then can pay $1,000 to secure their place on the order list.

The first tiles available will be grey smooth glass and black textured glass, with slate glass and Tuscan glass coming in 2018. Installation will be available on a first-ordered, first-installed basis. “As we continue to ramp production, deliveries will begin internationally,” Tesla said in a statement.

Tesla said it will manage the entire Solar Roof experience—from the removal of the existing roof through design, permitting, installation, operations and maintenance. The company said installation should take roughly the same time to install as a tile roof installation, which is typically 5 to 7 days. Solar interconnection will vary by area due to inspections required by local jurisdictions.

SunPower’s CEO told Business Insider he’s skeptical that the tiles can be offered a the low price Musk promised. Time will tell.

Post updated at 9:56 am ET on Friday.

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