How much does a Tesla roof cost?

Anthea Larke Published: June 18, 2019, 7:45 a.m.Last updated: June 24, 2019, 11:06 a.m.

Can you send me info on a Tesla roof?  What is the cost and time frame for install? I am in Erin, Ontario Canada 

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Mike Reynolds June 24, 2019, 10:58 a.m. Reply


Hi Anthea

The price for a Tesla Solar roof tiles in Canada is still a little tricky to figure, partly because the numbers reported from Tesla themselves are lower than what industry research seems to dictate. 
According to Tesla,  the average cost of a Tesla Solar Roof that you would expect to pay is about $21.85 per square foot USD. 
As an estimate, and according to Telsa’s published price for solar tiles, to cover a 1,000 square feet roof with Tesla roof tiles would be less than $22,000 USD. However, when we did a little digging to see if that was accurate, we found many conflicting numbers. 

According to an Electrek post, the roof tiles alone cost about $35 per square foot, and if those numbers are accurate then you’d be looking at 35K just to have a stack of solar roof tiles dropped in your laneway. That doesn’t include getting them installed, nor does it address the issue of storing solar power in home batteries. A Tesla Powerwall battery alone would run about 10K in US dollars, and again, that doesn’t include installation. 

We are involved with a solar panel installation in Maine, US, to help a homeowner achieve a goal  of going off grid, and after exploring all the options for our client we ended up installing a solar tracker, and the next step will be installing a home battery.

Despite the client being a big Tesla fan, to date it doesn’t look like Tesla home batteries offer the best value for the money. We have a page on Choosing Solar Home Batteries written by the solar panel project manager in Maine, and while he keeps monitoring pricing, he currently doesn’t feel Tesla is the best value. 

Here is our original page on Tesla solar roof pricing, which still seems to be more hype than anything, however we will keep an eye on it. Hopefully the value of Tesla roofs will match the value of Tesla Electric Cars, which seem to offer the best value at the moment.