For those of us in Toronto, Canada currently experiencing temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius in November, Elon Musk's presentation on the effects of climate change were not lost on us. For those of you living elsewhere on Earth, it might interest you to know that according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the Earth's global surface temperature was the warmest on record this year beating 2015 as the warmest year on record. The NOAA also states that this is the largest margin by which one year has ever beaten another since official records began in 1880. Or to put it simply, climate change is real!
Luckily, people like Elon Musk exist to pave our way to a brighter future! This presentation outlines Tesla's vision for a future of clean, renewable energy that permeates not just our to houses, but to our cars and our ecological footprint in general.
An added benefit, the houses look amazing. “The interesting thing is that the houses you see around you are all solar houses,” Musk said. “Did you notice?” He then goes on to explain that although the solar roofs are all made with tempered glass, they have four different design styles:
Each tile is it's own solar panel to provide an aesthetically pleasing design over the traditional solar panel roof. The style options don't stop there. Solar City has designed tiles in: Tuscan Style, Smooth Glass tile which looks like Asphalt, Textured Glass Tile, and Slate Glass Tile. Since the glass is tempered the tile looks solid and matte from the ground but allows for the sunlight to shine directly through it and onto the solar panel.
Tesla’s unveiling is a step toward a future where individuals have more direct control over power generation, leading to a big difference in how we think about renewable energy.
If all of Musk's plans come true, by the end of next year you'll be able to walk into a Tesla store, buy a Model 3 electric car, a slate-glass solar roof, and a Powerwall 2 to manage the flow of all those electrons in your life. There are a lot of details to be hammered out until we know for certain whether Musk’s vision for a grand unification will become more than just a Hollywood T.V set!
Watch the full presentation here!