Although a great idea, solar shingles are currently a bad investment for Utah homeowners. The main reasons why shingles aren’t your best option come down to to price, durability, and installation.
When you go to purchase a solar array, many are awe-inspired by the reduction in their carbon footprint, but most buy because it is a more affordable option. The new Tesla shingles cost twice as much as it would to get solar panels plus a new reshingled roof.
When you get solar shingles you see a savings of about $1,700 compared to the rate you are paying to your power company over a 30 year period. Solar panels, however, have an estimated savings of $33,600.
Solar shingles are produced with thin film technology which isn’t as efficient as a regular monocrystalline panel. Tesla has now decided to try and take on the task of creating a stylish solar shingle.
Solar shingles first were introduced in 2005. They have since tried to make them a viable option for customers – without success. There are many difficulties involved in creating a mini panel the size of a shingle that is supposed to produce the same amount of energy that a regular 3ft by 4ft panel would.
Reinstall Next To Impossible
Solar shingles are engineered to be an alternative to traditional roofing. This being said, it should be understood that getting solar shingles is best suited for a new home. Because they are shingles, it is hard for them to be installed on a pre existing roof.
After you get your solar shingles installed you will also want to take into account at what point you would need them reinstalled and the process that would be required. Because the shingles are so small, wiring is a big issue, and reshingling your roof after your shingles have outlived their warranty could prove to be a quite a pain.
What This Means For You
We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t invest in solar shingles, but we have found that it is currently a more cost effective option to get a high quality panel. Most solar arrays are warrantied to produce 80 percent of their max efficiency for 25 years.
Many systems that were installed in the 70s still are working today, which is over 30 years of production. That is 25 plus years that you could be saving with current proven technology instead of paying increasing rates while waiting for the newest and latest gismo to work out the kinks.
If the aesthetics of solar bother you, we suggest getting a high efficiency black on black panel that will blend into your roof. If, however, you have your heart set on Tesla, Go Solar Group is a Tesla carrier and a certified Tesla Powerwall installer.
We can get you on a waiting list for installation as soon as the tesla shingles become available to the public. This could be a wait of anywhere between a couple of months to a couple of years.