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    Tesla Solar Roof

    I hear the 1st Tesla Solar Roof install is coming to Massachusetts. Has anyone else seen the glass solar roof from Tesla?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortcircuit2 View Post
    I hear the 1st Tesla Solar Roof install is coming to Massachusetts. Has anyone else seen the glass solar roof from Tesla?
    Yes i have seen them and I want to see who installs them in MA. By code they need to be licensed electricians not roofers. I hope the AHJ is all over those jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69gp View Post
    Yes i have seen them and I want to see who installs them in MA. By code they need to be licensed electricians not roofers. I hope the AHJ is all over those jobs.
    Practically speaking, even where it's not required by code, they have to be electricians and roofers. Otherwise their fools to warranty both functions of the roof. This is the main reason, among others, that I don't think this will ever go mainstream.

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    To Tesla or not to Tesla

    As a current Tesla system owner, I can tell you it functions quite well but it is indeed a demanding install, not just the physical aspects of erecting a structure, running heavy duty wiring in properly sealed conduit, etc. The actual type of connection to the grid and to your house, and how you use the Tesla and how much control you want to have will all determine how complicated it can get, and it's not the kind of thing you want anyone in charge of that's less than a fully licensed electrician who has been trained in the Tesla system, or you are in for a world of woe. The tesla has its own vpn over somebody's cell net, at&t i think but not positive, and that's how it reports in and Tesla can adjust it remotely. Hopefully it can make that connection where you are. That's something you might mention to the installers as a deal killer if you are not within range of whoever they connect with. I don't think they can use your wifi for this but that may not be true. There have been lots of changes since we got ours a year ago. Good luck and feel free to ask any questions you might have. I've learned a lot about the Tesla system from issues with mine and I'm glad to share what I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribconsult View Post
    As a current Tesla system owner, I can tell you it functions quite well but it is indeed a demanding install, not just the physical aspects of erecting a structure, running heavy duty wiring in properly sealed conduit, etc. The actual type of connection to the grid and to your house, and how you use the Tesla and how much control you want to have will all determine how complicated it can get, and it's not the kind of thing you want anyone in charge of that's less than a fully licensed electrician who has been trained in the Tesla system, or you are in for a world of woe. The tesla has its own vpn over somebody's cell net, at&t i think but not positive, and that's how it reports in and Tesla can adjust it remotely. Hopefully it can make that connection where you are. That's something you might mention to the installers as a deal killer if you are not within range of whoever they connect with. I don't think they can use your wifi for this but that may not be true. There have been lots of changes since we got ours a year ago. Good luck and feel free to ask any questions you might have. I've learned a lot about the Tesla system from issues with mine and I'm glad to share what I know.
    It's good to see you here again. As I recall, your rooftop system is standard PV panels. The OP is interested in the Tesla roof tiles. They don't go ON the roof, they ARE the roof.

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    Yeah, Powerwall and Solar Roof are totally different animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaggedben View Post
    Yeah, Powerwall and Solar Roof are totally different animals.
    I am frankly surprised at how many PowerWall requests we are getting these days. Many come from folks with no TOU tariff and who have stable grid access. We talk a lot of them out of it but there are those who are convinced that it will save them money when it won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggunn View Post
    I am frankly surprised at how many PowerWall requests we are getting these days. Many come from folks with no TOU tariff and who have stable grid access. We talk a lot of them out of it but there are those who are convinced that it will save them money when it won't.
    What's that line from Futurama? "Shut up and take my money!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    What's that line from Futurama? "Shut up and take my money!"
    Well, yes. Some of them will not be dissuaded. When we have explained to them how this stuff works and how they would be throwing money (a lot of it!) down a rabbit hole, and they still want a PowerWall (or two, or three), we sell them what they want. They'd just go somewhere else and buy them, so we might as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggunn View Post
    Well, yes. Some of them will not be dissuaded. When we have explained to them how this stuff works and how they would be throwing money (a lot of it!) down a rabbit hole, and they still want a PowerWall (or two, or three), we sell them what they want. They'd just go somewhere else and buy them, so we might as well.
    So they get whole house back up for a couple of hours for the price of a 7kW generator that would be unlimited (on city gas) and supply everything except maybe A/C? Cool, sign me up. NOT.

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