Forget shingles, the next time I need to replace my roof, I want to go with this.  As you may recall in my Moore’s Law Obsolete post, the trajectory of computing power would surpass the Worlds energy production by 2040.

One logical way to extend this would be to start producing more power.

If anyone can do it, it’s Musk. Hopefully the final product will put ROI somewhere at better than a break-even, if that happens, these should really take off.


Usually, solar companies install solar panels on roofs but Elon Musk offers an entirely different and ingenious approach, – one which integrates photovoltaic material directly into a roof: solar shingles. “It’s not a thing on the roof,” the South African, American and Canadian entrepreneur says. “It is the roof.”The new project is being worked on with SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, known for his solar energy fundraising accomplishments ­– including obtaining over $8 billion from investors such as U.S. Bancorp, Google, Merril Lynch and PG&E Corporation. Lyndon Rive, a cousin of Elon Musk, has also famously helped SolarCity enter different markets, such as the U.S. military, Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions.

Source: Solar Shingles: Elon Musk Takes on the Roofing Industry