- Solar shingles and solar roof tiles resemble asphalt shingle roofs.
- Solar tiles or shingles cost more than standard solar panels and can replace your traditional roof.
- Solar energy roofing shingles are less efficient than solar panels because of reduced airflow.
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Solar shingles FAQs
According to Modernize, the average cost of solar shingles is between $63,000 and $75,000, which is higher than the average cost of standard solar panels. Based on data from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S. solar panels cost $3.67 per watt. The average system size in the U.S. is 8.6 kilowatts, making the total cost of solar panels $31,558. Brands like Tesla tend to be more expensive; however, they serve a double purpose as a roof and solar system. The price for solar shingles or tiles will depend on your home’s size and energy use.
Yes. The federal Residential Clean Energy Credit offsets the total cost by 30%, reducing the average range of a solar roof to $44,100–$52,500. Additional incentives and rebates may be available in your area to reduce costs.
Yes. The slope or angle of the roof matters, but it is not variable. Solar roof tiles will always be at the angle of the roof. On the other hand, the angle of conventional solar panels can be modified for efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, solar panels are most efficient when facing south and tilted between 15 and 40 degrees.
Yes. Light snow does not affect solar roof shingles; accumulated snow may block the sun’s rays.
The Tesla Solar Roof is available throughout the U.S. but may be unavailable for some addresses. Check your home’s serviceability by entering your address on Tesla’s website for a solar roof estimate.
Possibly. Some solar roof tile manufacturers do not require a new roof because they are installed on top of your existing roof. If your roof is old and damaged, it may need maintenance or repairs before solar roof shingle installation. However, some solar shingle systems, like the Tesla Solar Roof, will replace your current roof material.