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California Startup Competes With Tesla To Offer Affordable Solar Roofs

By Brian Spaen

Tesla will be facing some competition in the solar roof industry. They’ve already seen Mercedes-Benz enter the home battery market to battle with their Powerwall 2. A California startup will be launching their own solar roof, which is a little bit different than Tesla’s product and it could end up being a cheaper alternative.

Forward Labs will be a much smaller-scale production when it comes to their solar roofs. Each of them will have five layers that includes glass and photovoltaic cells to absorb the sun’s rays, and all of that will be built in a metal frame. It will be made to look like a normal roof to the casual bystander when they’re pieced together, and it will look very similar to the non-solar portions of the roof.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of this roof compared to traditional solar panels is the ability to be more efficient. When there’s extreme heat in the absorption process, it can affect electrical output by up to 25 percent. Forward Labs has created a venting process to improve that efficiency when it gets too hot. There will be space between the panels and the base of the roof that allows air to cool things down.