There have been a lot of headlines in 2020 about Tesla solar products — this update covers what they mean for people interested in solar in North Carolina.
We’re excited to be installing our first Tesla solar panel (not solar roof) system this month (July 2020). The main difference between our normal solar solution and the Tesla solar solution is that our solar installations have a “skirt” on the bottom of the array while Tesla’s racking has a “skirt” around the full perimeter of the array. For Tesla solar panel installs, we will still be using SolarEdge inverters and monitoring, unless a Tesla PowerWall is installed, in which case we will use Tesla’s monitoring platform.
We’re not sure how widely available Tesla panels will be in the short term. Because of this uncertainty and because there aren’t major aesthetic or performance differences between Tesla solar panels from our established panel lineup — we still believe panels from leading manufacturers like LG & REC are the best way to go right now. We will continue to post updates as more Tesla Solar news is released and if anything changes in the NC solar market, so stay tuned for more information and lots of pics from the install!
The Tesla Solar Roof is the solar product we get the most questions about. As one of the first Certified Installers of the Powerwall in NC, we are hopeful to be able to offer this product within 12 months. The specs on the roof — which we explore in more detail in our post, Tesla Solar Roof: To Wait or Not to Wait? — have stayed the same: its going to look beautiful on roofs but it will come at an added cost. The decision to purchase a Tesla Solar Roof over a traditional solar panel system would be similar to the decision to re-roof with standing seam metal vs a traditional shingle. The end result will be the same to produce energy and keep your house dry, but it will come at a 50-60% cost premium which may be worth the enhanced aesthetics for you.
Tesla recently made headlines after launching their “Lowest Price for Home Solar” guarantee in June. The main takeaway for North Carolina is: this offering is not available in NC. Tesla solar systems purchased through Tesla are only available in their direct sales markets on the West Coast. To the best of our knowledge, there are currently no known plans for Tesla’s solar offerings to come to NC directly.
We do have some good news about Tesla, though! We have Tesla Powerwalls readily available and are installing them with new systems and adding them to existing solar systems every day. You can learn more about Tesla Powerwalls via our guide, Top 17 Tesla Powerwall Questions Answered.
Probably not. While Tesla’s brand recognition reigns supreme, and we remain as excited as anyone out there about their products, our recommendation ultimately remains the same: it’s not worth it to wait. Waiting for Tesla solar products to enter North Carolina will put you at risk of missing out on the Federal Tax Credit for solar — which drops from 26% this year to 22% in 2021, and then to 0% in 2022. If you’re interested in learning how solar could work for you and don’t want to miss out on this great incentive, reach out to us to get a free solar analysis, design, and quote!
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