Tesla to take orders for solar roof tiles

Tesla to take orders for solar roof tiles

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Although Tesla will begin accepting orders in April, it wasn't immediately clear how soon the product would start production and begin deliveries.

Tesla has a reputation for accepting orders for an extended period before delivering products. For example, the company began accepting refundable deposits for the Model 3 electric vehicle in March 2016 but initial production vehicles won't hit until at least summer 2017. Some buyers could wait years to receive the vehicle, analysts have said.

Still, solar roof tiles could upend the market for renewable power in the home if Tesla delivers on Musk's promise.

A Tesla spokesperson was not immediately available Monday to offer details on pricing and timing.

The company says on its website that the product will offer a "lower cost than a traditional roof when combined with projected utility bill savings."

The product could also pave the way for increased interest in Tesla's home-energy storage product, a wall-mounted battery pack that provides backup power. Solar energy could fuel electricity into the battery pack to provide power when the sun goes down.

"Solar and batteries go together like peanut butter and jelly," Musk said in October.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Nathan Bomey on Twitter @NathanBomey.



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