Several reports from customers on Twitter show that Tesla Solar Roof installations are starting to get out into the wild, with non-Tesla employees and even customers without a Tesla now getting rooftops full of Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles.
The installations are exciting to see, as they show that the product is real and that Tesla is testing the waters with its product in low volumes with customers near its factory in Fremont, California. Additionally, it’s fun because we get our first real look into the installation process and the final product itself.
Some days ago, we brought you report on the first few customer installations of the new Tesla solar roof tiles, but the systems were unfortunately not up and running due to delays with the local electric utility.
Now one of those first customer installations is now connected to the grid and working.
We spoke with Tri Huynh and his ‘Tesla house of the future’ with a Tesla solar roof installation and 3 Powerwalls.
He gave us a great exclusive look at his new energy system, but he didn’t expect it to be ready until a long-delayed grid connection was up and running with his local electric utility, which could take up to 2 months.
Tesla Solar roof is up and running. Current output is 5.0kw on a cloudy late morning. pic.twitter.com/FMWhpIHgJ2
— Toblerone (@Toblerhaus) March 31, 2018
Another early Tesla Solar Roof customer was in a similar situation, but she confirmed this weekend that her system is now up and running – making it likely the first working Tesla solar roof installation aside from the early installation at the homes of Tesla employees and company insiders:
The screenshot on the right is the power flow information from the Tesla mobile app and in this case, it shows that the system is producing 5 kW and feeding 300 watts to the house while also charging the Tesla Powerwall at a rate of 4.7 kW.
Tesla told Electrek last week that the system is rated at 9.85 kW at full capacity.
Later on, the owner shared another screenshot on Twitter showing the system producing 6.2 kW and since the Powerwall was now charged, it started feeding electricity from the solar roof into the grid:
It’s fun to finally see Tesla’s latest solar energy product producing clean electricity over a year after first being unveiled in Los Angeles.
The owner of the house also shared on Twitter a few interesting images showing the installation process of the solar roof tiles:
Interestingly, she also said that Tesla optimized the system with “about 40%” of the tiles having solar where it is best positioned to get sunlight and that the new solar roof with Powerwall ended up costing in the “mid $50,000” after the federal solar tax incentives.
For comparison, Huynh told Electrek that his system, which is very similar but with more Powerwalls, ended up costing about $100,000 before the federal incentive.
As we previously reported, Tesla says that the “typical homeowner can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for a Solar Roof” with a mix of regular tiles and solar tiles.
It’s a fairly expensive product, but it comes with a lifetime of the house warranty and 30-year power generation guaranteed. After the electricity production, Tesla estimates that its solar roof will be cheaper than a non-solar tile roof of similar style or virtually pay for itself through electricity savings.
We will keep a look out for more installation during this spring and summer.