Solar technology continues to advance as time goes on, especially in the field of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). Lately, solar shingles and solar tile technologies have become an increasingly popular offering from installers, and many large companies like Tesla are tailoring their offerings to include these specialized installations.
When Tesla first announced its solar roof tiles in 2016, it was seen as a unique and revolutionary offering. But many other companies are coming out with similar products, and Chinese solar manufacturer Hanergy is the latest to take on this trend. Hanergy primarily manufactures thin-film panels, and just announced plans for a new generation of their solar tile technology, dubbed “HanTiles.”
For those asking themselves, “should I wait for the Tesla solar roof?”, you are not alone. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, has a well-earned reputation for creating innovative 21st-century products that combine attractive designs with exceptional performance – and generate high levels of consumer interest as a result. The latest Musk technology to make a splash is the Tesla solar roof, which he revealed to great fanfare in October 2016. Here’s everything you should consider before making your decision, including what Tesla roof rivals you should consider.
Reading Time: 7minutesTesla Motors was once a company that sold solely luxury electric cars, but its founder has set his sights on the creation of a full-throttle home energy solution. The company’s expansion into energy storage and solar power has been heralded by the unveiling of a new division: Tesla Energy.
Tesla’s first solar roof installations, JPMorgan Chase’s entry into the growing community of major companies pledging to 100% renewables, and IKEA’s foray into solar panel and home battery storage installations are the headlines from this week’s Solar News Report.
For the U.S. solar industry, 2016 will be remembered as the year that solar first hit the energy mainstream. In this post, we’re highlighting the major moments that made 2016 a solar year to remember – plus a few things that we’re looking forward to in 2017.