Aftermarket solar panels such as those we have been installing for many years are a great addition to any home or business but one thing they do lack is the ability to blend in with the wide variety of architecture present on today's homes.
The panels unveiled are embedded directly into the tile of the roof making the panels blend seamlessly with the existing architecture. Four styles have been announced so far; all of which are made from glass but are styled to resemble particular styles.
The current version unveiled by Elon have a two percent loss in efficiency and therefore are only 98 percent as efficient compared to traditional after market panels. However, they are currently working on a newer model already that will potentially go beyond the efficiency of traditional panels and yield even more energy.
The solar roofs are scheduled to starting rolling out to homes by the summer of 2017.