The world is arming itself for a renewable energy revolution. In its continuous efforts to facilitate the tools needed for a more sustainable lifestyle, the clean energy storage company – California-based Tesla – has announced that it will open its doors for orders for its solar rooftops starting April.

Tesla’s Solar City will provide a roof covered with solar cells that are invisible to the naked eye. They say that passersby will be able to see a beautiful rooftop, but they will never recognize the solar cells busy storing solar energy and converting it into electricity to power homes. The roof comes in four looks: Tuscan, Smooth, Textured and Slate glass tiles.

The solar rooftops also seamlessly integrate with Tesla’s Powerwall 2 battery to power homes with completely sustainable energy systems. Compact, stackable and with a built-in inverter, Powerwall 2 can power an average two-bedroom home for a full day and can be installed either indoors or outdoors.

The solar roof is made out of strong tempered glass and is therefore able to withstand nearly three times the force of standard roofing tiles. But that is not the only thing solar rooftops are better at. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told investors in November: “The base of the proposition would be, would you like a roof that looks better than the normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less, and by the way, generates electricity?”

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Anatomy of the solar roof. SolarCity.

This would not be Tesla’s first or biggest contribution to the renewable energy revolution. Collaborating with Australian real estate developers, it is transforming Melbourne into a sustainable city and empowering neighborhoods with self-generating clean energy. All homes are being fitted with energy-efficient appliances, streets are being lit with similar technology, the buildings are tailored for sustainability and communal electric car charging stations dot the streets of the 165,000 square meter masterplan.

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