Originally Posted by Maanaam
Originally Posted by bsnub
The big selling point for me is when coupled with a Tesla powerwall it makes comfortable off grid living a reality.
That's an attraction for me too and is recognised in the article. They gave a small tip of the hat to that aspect, and fair enough too as most city slickers wouldn't consider that aspect.
Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp
That said, my own research covering purchasing and that installation suggests a very many multi year pay back.
Much of the research you found may have been out of date. Since the release of the tiles it's been shown that the cost for roofing in Tesla tiles is a lot lower than originally predicted.
It's true that there is a bigger initial cost. What's needed now is governments to get behind it and subsidise the initial cost because otherwise it's only the rich that will invest in this. Same old story: you need money to make money )or save it i this case).
You hit the nail on the head though... That initial capital outlay continues to make it uneconomic. Isn't the payback ...initial costs reduced by the power cost savings around 20 years? That is prohibitive. We all want it to be a success but until that cost against payback becomes more reasonable it's hard for even the most ardent environmentalists to justify it. Tesla? Cut the unit cost! Governments!? Subsidise this idea!. Sadly, unlikely in the current economic climate .