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Solar roofs outside of coverage area

Discussion in 'Tesla Energy' started by thelastdeadmouse, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. thelastdeadmouse

    Apr 11, 2012
    Potsdam, New York
    I live in rural northern NY, only about 20 minutes from the border. SolarCity's website says they don't cover my area currently. I'm looking to install solar but also need a new roof in the next couple years, so I've been waiting for more information about the Tesla solar roof.

    I'm getting very concerned however that the federal solar subsidy might not exist in the next year or two, so I'm not willing to wait more than a few months to see if SolarCity expands to cover my area. The question is, has there been any indication that Tesla will distribute the solar roofing system to third party installers, and if not are there any cost effective alternatives out there? To me cost effective means less that the total cost less than a standing seam metal roof plus solar installation.
  2. TheTalkingMule

    TheTalkingMule Distributed Energy Enthusiast

    Oct 20, 2012
    Philadelphia, PA
    I have a feeling that the solar tiles will eventually(rather quickly) be sold to 3rd party installers. I don't see the demand being great enough just inside the SC territory if they're producing in the volumes we've become accustomed to with Elon's thinking. Plus the tech should be so self-contained that no one mildly competent could screw it up.
  3. doubleohwhat

    doubleohwhat Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    The last time I checked, SolarCity was covering less than half of the US. Either they're going to have to expand quickly or they're going to have to start working with 3rd party installers in states they don't cover.

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