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Panasonic + Tesla: Tesla’s Solar Glass Tile Roofs Will Incorporate Panasonic’s High-Efficiency Photovoltaic Cells; To Create Over 1,400 Jobs in Buffalo, New York, USA

Tesla SolarCity includes an electric car, power wall 2 and a solar roof which is made of solar glass tiles. Image Courtesy of Tesla

The following video presents Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28):

During a press event at Universal Studios in L.A., Elon Musk announces that Tesla will build and sell its own line of solar panels with integrated batteries. Coupled with the also unveiled PowerWall 2, it will allow residential homeowners to replace their entire roof with solar panels, making it much simpler for homes to be entirely powered by solar power.

Overview:
00:00. Why solar
04:02. PowerWall 2 introduction
06:40. Solar roof introduction

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Before Impact, Roof Tiles (left to right): Terra Cotta, Clay, Slate and Tesla Glass; Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Before Impact, Roof Tiles (left to right): Terra Cotta, Clay, Slate and Tesla Glass; Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): After Impact, Roof Tiles (left to right): Terra Cotta, Clay, Slate and Tesla Glass; Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): After Impact, Roof Tiles (left to right): Terra Cotta, Clay, Slate and Tesla Glass; Image grab from video above

PRESS RELEASE

Dec 27, 2016

Panasonic Corporation
Tesla Motors Inc.

Tesla and Panasonic Will Begin Manufacturing Solar Cells and Modules in Buffalo, NY

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

OSAKA, Japan / PALO ALTO, USA, December 27, 2016 – Tesla and Panasonic have finalized an agreement this week to begin the manufacturing of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules at the Buffalo, NY factory. These high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used to produce solar panels in the non-solar roof products. When production of the solar roof begins, Tesla will also incorporate Panasonic’s cells into the many kinds of solar glass tile roofs that Tesla will be manufacturing. All of these solar products will work seamlessly with Tesla’s energy storage products, Powerwall and Powerpack. Production of the first PV modules will begin in summer 2017, and will ramp to 1 Gigawatt of module production by 2019.

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

As Tesla and Panasonic begin production, Buffalo will continue to expand Tesla’s American manufacturing base and create thousands of new jobs in the coming years. Tesla reaffirms SolarCity’s commitment to create over 1,400 jobs in Buffalo-including more than 500 manufacturing jobs. Panasonic, with its technological and manufacturing expertise in PV production, will also work with Tesla on developing PV next generation technology at SolarCity’s facility in Fremont, CA.

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof (2016.10.28): Image grab from video above

As part of the agreement, Panasonic will cover required capital costs in Buffalo and Tesla is making a long-term purchase commitment from Panasonic. The collaboration extends the established relationship between Tesla and Panasonic, which includes the production of electric vehicle and grid storage battery cells at the Tesla Gigafactory.

Left to right: Tesla electric vehicle, power walls and charging unit; Image grab from video above

Left to right: Tesla electric vehicle, power wall 2 and charging unit; Image grab from video above

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