Current solar panel owners are required to sell their solar energy back to the grid in Canada, entering long-term agreements with solar panel companies that install their equipment. Tesla’s Solar Roof may soon disrupt this, allowing owners control over their own solar shingles.
There’s been a flurry of activity around solar energy and electric vehicles in the last two years, instigated by Tesla’s announcements with repercussions around the globe as manufacturers and companies seek to provide consumers with new renewable energy options.
While Tesla became famous for its Model S electric vehicle, the company has bigger plans to affect the use of energy worldwide by offering solar renewable energy to power vehicles and homes. Solar panels have been in use since the 1970s, but they have not caught on worldwide largely due to the aesthetic appearance, installation cost, agreements with solar companies and lack of efficiency. In October 2016, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the concept of the Solar Roof, taking everyone by surprise.
Tesla Solar Roof: What is it?
Recognizing that solar use via solar panels has not caught on with consumers and property owners due to aesthetic appearance, Tesla has redesigned solar panels to be attractive and more efficient.
“I think there’s quite a radical difference between having solar panels on your roof that actually make your house look better versus ones that do not, I think it’s going to be a night-and-day difference,” said Musk at the 2016 announcement. Musk went to unveil the solar roof concept in California two months later, revealing a solar product that was so well integrated into a residential home’s design that the ‘solar shingles’ were difficult to detect. This was a remarkable improvement upon the clunky and heavy blue and white panels that you normally see as solar panels for home installation.
The Tesla Solar Roof is a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product that integrates solar panels into roof shingles. Hence the name ‘solar shingles” and ‘solar roof.’ A home that has Tesla solar shingles in its roof would offer protection and provide solar energy without any aesthetic impediments.
Tesla started taking deposits for solar roof tiles in May 2017. In January 2018, Tesla increased production at their Gigafactory in Buffalo. Two months later, the company installed its first products for customers in California. Tesla did not produce the solar roof on a larger scale in early 2018, blaming delays on their existing factory process. The company revamped its process, increasing production with longer hours and hiring more employees, going from 12 solar roofs established in August to 11,000 completed by the end of the year.
At the end of 2018, Tesla shared its progress and excitement at developing a high quality solar roof that was affordable, matching the price of a traditional tile roof with a regular utility bill. Tesla’s goal is to hit a $21.85USD/square foot pricing. This translates to $44,000USD for a home with 2,000 square feet of roofing. While this may be more than traditional roofing, it is competitive when you factor in long-term costs and energy savings. Tesla provides a calculator with estimates for solar roof pricing for your home. Unique home features and obstructions can however add to the cost.
While building photovoltaics has been occurring for a long time, no one has yet designed and brought to market a viable solar roof. The first deployments of the Tesla Solar Roof are expected this summer. Electrek reported that installation takes roughly two weeks. As Tesla prepares to launch its third updated iteration of its solar shingles as a solar roof product, Elon Musk went so far as to say that 2019 will be the “year of the Solar Roof.”
The solar roof will be offered in four designs: Tuscan, Slate, Textured, and Smooth. Made with tempered glass, the tiles are considered virtually unbreakable and more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. Because of the tested strength and durability, Tesla is able to offer lifetime warranty, which is appealing to homeowners who are often concerned about the longevity of solar panel systems. Tesla is calling it Infinite Tile Warranty, described as “the best warranty in the industry – the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.”
With the new Tesla Solar Roof, homeowners are able to choose both aesthetics and durability in selecting solar panels and renewable energy options to power their homes.
Canadians can place their reservation for a solar roof today on Tesla’s site for $1,330.
Just Listed on Lake Simcoe: 968 Degrassi Cove Pl W, Innisfil
This custom home direct waterfront home was built in 2000 by the current owner and has served as a sanctuary for family and friends. Over their 22 years of ownership, they have enjoyed the property during every season.
Degrassi Cove is a small and exclusive waterfront community and share the private road. The forested lands on the opposite side of the street provide great privacy. There is no vehicle traffic other than the neighbours, so it is very safe for kids.
Built as a 4-season home and located on the west-side of Lake Simcoe. You will enjoy north-west facing views of the lake and sunsets. There are no stairs to the water’s edge. The water table is level to the lot, which offers a beautiful beach area along the shoreline. There is great swimming and boating. The portable dock is 65 ft long with a 12’ x 12’ patio area. Boating enthusiasts can store their boat in the dry boathouse. Entertaining on the lake is so easy!
The home offers 2,700 sf on the main and upper level. The principal rooms offer generous space including a large private family room, formal dining room, large great room combined with the eat-in kitchen. In addition, there is 1,535 sf of finished space on the walk-out level. There are four generous size bedrooms. The primary bedroom is situated on the main level and overlooks the lake, and includes a five-piece ensuite, a walk-in closet and a garden door to the lakeside patio area. The three other bedrooms are located on the second floor.
The lower level includes a large recreation room with wood-burning fireplace and a walk-out to the lake. A large office with a built-in desk and bookcases can serve as a large 5th bedroom. The 3-piece bathroom is also equipped with a partially finished cedar-lined sauna. There is plenty of storage space on this level too.
Photography by @ishutterphoto
Staging by @chateau_designandstaging
This professionally designed custom-built home embodies a comfortable, vintage cottage feel built with energy efficient maintenance-free materials. This home offers a private park-like setting, with in- town conveniences. It’s a nature lover’s lot…a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. This one in in a million home was showcased in a 16-page spread in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine.
Shiplap walls and wood slat ceilings throughout impart a cabin-like coziness. The primary bedroom is secluded on the main floor overlooking a wooded area that surrounds the property. The front office duals as an additional main floor bedroom adjacent to a 3-piece bathroom. The upper level includes two additional bedrooms that provide enhanced privacy for guests. One of the bedrooms functions as a seating area with a Murphy bed and small kitchenette. It has been designed as a secure space for future rental opportunity.
Located in the charming lakeside village of Bayfield, this property is a stone-throw away from Lake Huron, a short walk to town, the fishing pier and marina, Pioneer Park and the Community playground. This spectacular property backs on to a designated environmental area and surrounded by trees makes it an ideal retreat for entertaining family and friends.
It’s no secret that green has been trending in a major way lately. Not only does the leafy shade conjure the sensation of being outdoors after two years cooped up at home, it also is a versatile (and welcome) alternative to traditional colors like white and gray.
Sweet 3 bedroom home that has a light and airy feel to the interior. Vaulted ceiling with open concept design creates a welcoming feel with plenty of natural sunlight all afternoon. Hardwood floors in bedrooms. Updated interior ready to be moved in to. It is a special place to call home or cottage.
Large wrap-around deck features West-facing views of 2-acre park of which you would be a 1/10th owner. Private dock for all park owners. Deeded Lake Simcoe access is rare to find. Very private setting with mature trees.
Message us today for more information or to book private showing.
staging by @chateau_designandstaging
photography by @ishutterphoto
20 Quiet Heights Lane, Georgina provides views of the lake from all spaces on the west side of them home, including the great room, kitchen, dining area, and primary bedroom.
You will enjoy the morning sunrise from the front covered porch and of course, sunset views from the lakeside. The natural sunlight fills the home with warmth and light all day long. It’s tranquil, serene, and welcoming.
In the design stages, the current owner had some important “must-have’s” including a Muskoka like feel, spaciousness, sun-filled rooms, and an “understated elegance“ carried throughout the home.
Some of the interior features include:
– 3 bedrooms on main level and 2 additional bedrooms on the lower level
– 3 full bathrooms plus powder room
– 10.9 ft ceiling height on the main level and 9 ft ceiling height on the lower level
– Great room includes custom millwork and 13 ft vaulted coffered ceiling
– Gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances
– Spectacular light fixtures including ceiling fans in each bedroom
– Custom drapery and blinds
– Radiant heated floors in kitchen, primary ensuite and the entire lower level
– Surround sound system both indoors and outdoors
A full list of room features, additional images, virtual tour, and more can be found on our website (link in bio).
This listing is also available on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)
When you combine the attention to detail of a quality builder with the owner’s vision to create a sanctuary home, the result is spectacular.
This home offers a “Zen” feel immediately upon your arrival.
The landscaping is wonderfully appointed with a collection of perennial gardens, shrubs, mature trees and privacy hedges on both sides, which is home to many birds. There are several seating areas promote great conversation with family and friends or a place to enjoy some quiet time when you want to be alone and enjoy nature all around you.
This is a wonderful home to entertain in both indoors and outdoors. The raised balcony includes a covered area where you can enjoy a summer rain shower. The open area provides lots of space for your chaise loungers to get some sun and watch an array of boats on the lake.
The lower deck is covered and a perfect location for the 7-seater plus lounger hot tub along with another separate seating area to enjoy the lake views.
Listing Price: $1,935,000
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The full listing can be found on our site & on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)