Elon Musk is known to the world as a man of vision. He is the CEO of the companies SpaceX, Tesla Motors and SolarCity, and, on Friday 28th October 2016, he announced and displayed the latest offering from Tesla – roof shingles that double as solar panels.
The idea of solar panels on the roof is not a new one, but what is new about this product is that it looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye and makes up the actual roof, rather than having loose panels arranged on top of the roof.
The tiles come in four different designs, so they will suit just about any architectural design or building type. From smooth glass, to terracotta, or slate, and textured glass, there is an option for just about everyone.
Tesla’s textured glass roof shingles that are also the solar panels for this home
Tesla’s terracotta tile solar panel shingles are the best fit for this particular home
They are encased in a protective layer of tempered glass to withstand most weather conditions, and although they are still quite pricey, it is expected that as the demand for these shingles increases, their affordability will too.
With an ever-increasing demand for energy sources that are not fossil-fuel based, to sources that have long-term sustainability, part of Elon Musk’s vision for his life and companies, this new product is set to create a new trend in energy supply options to buildings, whether they are homes or businesses.
Fossil fuels will eventually run out, and are already making the production of electricity expensive, and set to get more expensive as the fossil fuels run low.
The world is relying on companies like Tesla, and visionaries like Elon Musk, to come up with new and sustainable solutions to take us forward, not only to save the planet, but the people living on it also.
The possibilities of these shingles is endless and although they are expected to be an expensive addition to any building structure, it is suggested by Tesla that they will eventually pay for themselves.
Imagine never getting a utility bill again!
It seems that Elon Musk is not only a man of vision but one of action also.