Late night tweets from Elon Musk are the best kinds of tweets. With his numerous ventures, you never really know what kind of Earth-shattering news he’s going to deliver. Did he begin construction on a Hyperloop connecting New York to Los Angeles? Did he send the first tweet from the surface of Mars? Is Tesla announcing an autonomous talking car to help David Hasselhoff fight crime?
Sadly, he hasn’t made any such announcements (yet). However, he is tweeting about how he is leading the revolution to overthrow fossil fuels once and for all. To this end, the mega-CEO just announced via Twitter that orders would begin for his revolutionary solar roof hardware later today (May 10th, 2017).
Tesla solar glass roof orders open this afternoon. I think it will be great. More in about 10 hours …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2017
In another tweet a few minutes after the first, he promised that ordering would be available in most countries throughout the world. Musk clarified that people could expect to see delivery begin in the United States in late 2017 and that deliveries would roll out sometime next year for locations that are overseas, “Solar roof can be ordered for almost any country. Deployment this year in the US and overseas next year,” he wrote.
Last week, we discussed Musk’s talk at the TED convention. During this discussion, he did mention the imminent release of the first glass solar roof tiles, and he discussed how the first two styles would roll out. Ultimately, he stated that the first styles would be deployed approximately six months before the other style option. In response to another Twitter user, Musk explained, “Black glass smooth and textured will be first. Tuscan and French Slate in about six months.”
In the end, disruptions like these are precisely why Tesla acquired SolarCity in November of 2016. Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity allows for a completely integrated home energy experience—all housed under one company.
To break this down, energy gathered from the roofing tiles can be stored in a Tesla Powerwall or Powerpack to provide energy for the home (or even to charge the Tesla Model 3 car sitting in your garage). And in this respect, Musk’s products have the potential to completely overhaul how the world is powered, as Tesla will completely revolutionize the way that we collect and store energy.
In fact, even its vehicles will benefit from this solar tile integration. The upcoming Tesla Model 3, for example, is slated to incorporate the solar technology in its roofing system.