Elon Musk continues to unveil his vision of the future:
Seems to me they’re meant to cater to the Western style of roofing at the moment – save perhaps the Tuscan-styled tiles that are fairly common where I am. It’s understandable that they’d roll out that way.
However, solar panels of that size and with a more discreet design than what we’re used to could feasibly be applied on not just suburban roofs, but any other surface that experiences sunshine. It doesn’t even have to blend in with the environment as well as Musk intends – they could tile sidewalks for all I care and still look miles better than typical solar panels.
I think this is a big step to truly commercializing solar power.