The crews are back. Tesla has permission to finish existing installations. Lots of people here from Tesla and sub-contractor. Only issue is weather. First it was rain, now it is ice in the morning and slow drying. The SG roof is tough, but like a sheet of ice when wet. Things are starting late, but people are working later. Hopefully done in 3 days.
Beautiful! Apologies if you posted this elsewhere, but didn't see in this thread or your Google Doc diary, but care to share your total cost and/or breakdown?
We've got an original 1928 slate tile roof and have renovation plans for the end of the year. We're crossing our fingers that we can do Solar Glass roof (we've had our name on a preorder since it was initially announced back on v1...) and I agree that this type of design is most akin to slate (and probably other) tile roof- There is similar headlap and sidelap of the Solar Glass tiles, so it should do as good of a job protecting the roof sheathing as traditional tiles, which is to say "very good because it's been in use for hundreds of years."
While it pains us to remove the slate tiles, they are reaching the end of their lives and the maintenance is getting to be so much (many $thousands per year to fix broken, missing, cracked tiles due to age/wind/branch impact) that we need to redo the whole thing. While we liked the physical appearance of the v1/v2 tiles (and loved the original "slate look" unveiled initially), the current design of the v3 makes a lot of sense and still looks very good.
A little more info.
- Roof is producing and Powerwalls are charging. (We weren't using grid when picture was snapped.)
- Looks like the City of Pleasanton inspection will be done over a video chat. Tesla will handle that and send one of their inspection team to deal with it. I hope they get it done soon and so does Tesla, because we do not pay them until that inspection is passed.
- They said they did not think PG&E would come out to the house to inspect before giving us PTO.
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All the power flows look right in the app, too Did you remember to pester them about submitting for your "solar shut off frequency" to be lowered? I know they said they would do this for you, but this is tesla we are talking about AND in the middle of everything that is going on with covid-19.
I dont have high hopes for them actually submitting it for you and tesla changing it without you having to intervene, but really hope to be proven wrong. Dont get me wrong, I really like tesla (like many others in this section, I have a tesla vehicle, and tesla powerwallls, in addition to tesla provided solar.
With that being said, communication (especially between groups inside tesla) tends to not be their strong point.
Tesla does have it faults in communication, but they are way better than the large roofing company we started looking at this roof + solar deal. They had 3 month gaps getting quote revisions to us.Tesla was a couple of weeks.
I talked to the install team about the frequency thing and they said I needed to speak to the tier two support once we had the system up, and that team would make the change on their end after checking what the system reads. Since we just got it up and will have to shut it off solar production and the powerwalls until we get the inspection down, the frequency for inverters has moved a little lower on the priority list.
That makes a lot more sense (the install team not really being able to call it in). Yep, they likely wont even talk about it until you get full PTO since you have solar as well as powerwalls.
Agreed. I am not sure if the situation with Covid helps or hinders the timeline. On the one hand there are fewer solar installs, on the other hand people are distracted and working from home. Guess we will see.
But we are impatient. We feel like kids on Christmas morning. We have that shiny (literally shiny) new roof and Powerwalls, and we want to play with them and see what they do. Is everyone like this when they get solar installed?
Inspection was the bigger hurdle for me, because San Jose takes 2 weeks to schedule a visit. So it was 2 weeks from completion until the first inspector showed, and there was one issue flagged that Tesla couldn't fix on-site, so it was another 2 weeks until the second (passing) inspection. At least at the time, PG&E claimed <30 days from submission to PTO, and mine was probably about 3 weeks. Many folks said they received an email from PG&E when they started processing the PTO, I didn't get anything, so after ~2 weeks of silence (and checking with Tesla who assured me they had submitted everything the day after I made final payment), I called PG&E's solar number, and reached a very helpful guy who confirmed they had received everything when Tesla said, and that my job was really close to being approved. Then a few days later I got the email from PG&E, flipped the switches (for all of 2 hours, before I had to hop on a plane to the east coast for a family funeral, so it was another week before things got switched-on for good).