Tesla ramps up effort to roll out solar-harvesting roofs to 1,000 homes per week.

  • The Solar Roof technology collects solar energy while looking like a regular roof. Early stages saw the solar-harvesting tiles installed on just a few homes.
  • Musk says the team could reach 1,000 installations per week within the next year. Tesla plans to work with third-party installers to boost speeds.
  • CEO Elon Musk announced the new objective during the company’s first-quarter 2020 earnings call last week.
  • In the call, Musk said, “We want to have at least 1,000 Solar Roof install teams, taking a week or perhaps a little less than a week to do an install, which gets you 1,000 a week roof installations. We see demand is good, production is good, so it’s really all about the install. And then like I said, also build out the training, the very diverse group of companies in the roofing industry to also install Solar Roof. That, I think, will allow us to scale far beyond 1,000 a week.”
  • Solar Roof is a third-generation design that “uses a redesigned tile, and has a cheaper price so that in “80 percent” of cases the product would cost “less than what the average roof costs plus solar panels.”
  • Musk added that the technology is seeing a tremendous amount of interest in China.