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Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire

The cost of Elon Musk’s remarkable new product is judged “better than everyone expected.”
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Tesla's Solar Roof Is Cheaper Than Expected

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Tesla Inc. has begun taking $1,000 deposits for its remarkable solar roof tiles—to be delivered this summer at a price point that could expand the U.S. solar market. 

Tesla will begin with production of two of the four styles it unveiled in October: a smooth glass and a textured glass tile. Roofing a 2,000 square-foot home in New York state—with 40 percent coverage of active solar tiles and battery backup for night-time use—would cost about $50,000 after federal tax credits and generate $64,000 in energy over 30 years, according to Tesla’s website calculator