A car company. A battery company. A solar company. A renewable energy company.
Tesla Motor Company had a big close in 2016 with major developments in its electric car division and a launch into solar power. Tesla officially became a clean, renewable energy company in November with the estimated $2 Billion acquisition of SolarCity Corp. Founder Elon Musk’s vision of his company as a one-stop shop for consumers wanting to be free of fossil fuels is that much closer, as the company integrates its electric cars and batteries with solar roof systems.
Stylish. Cost-effective. Energy efficient.
Launch of Glass Solar Roof Tiles
On October 27 2016, Musk brought a crowd of reporters to launch its new solar roofs, yet nobody knew that the slate and Spanish clay-tiled houses at the Universal Studios Hollywood set of “Desperate Housewives” were actually glass solar tiles. Available in 4 styles, the solar roof tiles plug into Tesla’s lithium ion storage power wall battery systems.
“The goal is to have solar roofs that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation and actually have an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity,” Musk said.
Solar Flares Up
A week after its solar roof tile announcement, Tesla announced the development of a solar roof for the company’s first mass-market vehicle due out in 2017, the Model 3. Tesla revealed the new $35,000 car on March 31, 2016; And now, for an additional $1,500 to $2,000, The Model 3 sedans will have the option of an all-glass solar roof. The solar roof is integrated into the car battery powerpacks, and at home, the car plugs into a battery power-wall created for the solar-tiled roof system, making your home a renewable energy hub. The news confirmed the rumor that Tesla has a secret glass division that produces the glass solar tiles and car roofs.
An entire Western Samoan island Powered with Renewable Energy
The American Samoa island of Ta’u is now powered almost exclusively by solar energy thanks to an investment by Tesla. The car-turned-energy company made the announcement in a tweet on November 22, 2016. It’s recent merger with SolarCity produced a new solar energy microgrid that can produce nearly 100% of the sunny island’s electricity needs.
Cloudy days won’t affect the power source, as the battery packs having a running time of three days, helping to alleviate worries of blackouts. Ta’u’s switch from diesel generators to renewable energy took about a year to complete. The new power source is environmentally friendly and significantly cheaper than importing oil. The 600 island residents no longer have to worry about oil rationing that occurred when an oil shipment didn’t get delivered on time. Elon Musk is on a mission to get the world off dirty energy and Ta’u is an ideal test case to do just that.
Immediate demand for newly launched Battery Products.
The stellar year started in early 2016, with the production launch of Tesla’s lithium battery power-packs at its Nevada-based GigaFactory, turning a profit in its first quarter. Energy storage has been the limiting factor in increasing sales of electric cars, where production of car batteries has not kept pace with car production. Leaping into the battery business to ramp up Tesla’s own car production targets is not the only reason Musk chose to partner with Panasonic to build the 4.9 million sq. ft battery facility. Tesla is also using the GigaFactory to produce the Power-wall 2 home solar energy storage system and to serve the power grid market, such as the recent battery contract it fulfilled to back up California’s power grid.
What happens next?
In spite of all these advancements made in 2016, pundits pointed out that Musk would still have to deal with a fossil fuel-centric President-elect Trump – which Musk did, in early December: The CEO was selected to be an economic adviser to Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. Several companies in the clean, renewable energy private sector were invited to the panel, but Musk has the most impeccable credentials. Addressing carbon emissions, and spearheading a green economy are at the core of Musk’s vision as laid out in his Master Plan Part Deux. At this point, Tesla employs 30,000 people and produces 95% of its products in the U.S.. Elon Musk may be the champion the ocean needs to spearhead a clean renewable energy agenda in the U.S., and the world.
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