Tesla's solar roof pricing is cheap enough to catch fire

The cost of Elon Musk's remarkable new product is judged "better than everyone expected."

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Tesla Inc. has begun taking USD 1,000 deposits for its remarkable solar roof tiles — to be delivered this summer at a price that could expand the US solar market. 

Tesla will begin with production of two of the four styles it unveiled in October: a smooth glass and a textured glass tile. 1 Roofing a 2,000 square-foot home in New York state — with 40 percent coverage of active solar tiles and battery backup for night-time use — would cost about USD 50,000 after federal tax credits and generate USD 64,000 in energy over 30 years, according to Tesla's website calculator.

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