Here's how much installing Tesla's Solar Roof will cost you

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Pre-orders have opened for Tesla's Solar Roof, giving homeowners a chance to put money down to replace their roof with high-tech tiles that will also help power their abode.

Since the cost of swapping in Tesla's sun-sapping equivalent is tricky to budget (considering there's no "one size fits all" for roofs), Tesla has installed a handy calculator that churns out a relative figure for how much it could cost to get your very own. It will also tell you how much you'll potentially save.

The calculator just needs an address, your home's square footage, and number of stories to make an estimate on how much of its solar roofing you'll need and how much will be effective at collecting sun rays, thanks to Google's Project Sunroof 3D-mapping technology, according to TechCrunch.

From there, the estimate weighs the cost of building an actual Solar Roof and installing one or more optional Powerwall batteries against possible savings from tax credits and saved energy over the course of 30 years. This gives users a general idea how worthwhile the investment might be.

The calculator also includes a slider that adjusts how much of the roof you'd like made of Tesla's solar tiles, since some portions of roofs with lots of shade or fixtures like chimneys can't benefit from the technology.

Users can also choose between one of two tiling styles  — textured or smooth  — which are designed to blend in with 'normal' roofs. These are seemingly quite durable, and two more styles  — Tuscan and slate — are expected to debut in 2018.

For those who've crunched the numbers and are ready to go solar, a $1,000 deposit can be made to secure an order on Tesla's website. Should you change your mind, Tesla says the deposit is fully refundable until you make either a purchase or an installation agreement.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk adds his company's Solar Roof can be ordered "for almost any country" and that the high-tech roofing solution  will be deployed next year.

Source: TechRadar

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