A Tesla Photo voltaic Roof buyer was left with no roof and tarps protecting his home after new photo voltaic roof set up become a 2-month-long nightmare.

Tesla remains to be making an attempt to ramp its photo voltaic roof tile deployment, which has been delayed a number of instances already.

It’s why we prefer to comply with new photo voltaic roof tasks and share the progress.

We have been excited when Paul Stacey reached out to us again in July about sharing his expertise along with his photo voltaic roof set up on his house in Florida.

He had simply signed a contract for what we believed would turn into Tesla’s largest photo voltaic roof set up but: a 24.3 kW photo voltaic roof.

Over the next weeks, Stacey gave Electrek a breakdown of the progress.

At first, he was instructed by Tesla that it will take about 2 weeks, however they doubled the timeline nearer to the beginning of eradicating the previous roof.

The subcontractors accountable for eradicating the roof made some good progress in the course of the first week (earlier than/after week 1):

Nevertheless, the primary week already gave a glimpse of the issues to come back.

The primary day the crew confirmed up, however the tools wasn’t on website like they thought it will be.

Then on day 5, Stacey noticed some water leaking from the tarp and he was unable to succeed in Tesla.

Roof removing was accomplished early the following week and Tesla began on the roofing underlayment, a waterproof or waterproof barrier materials that’s put in straight onto the roof deck.

Tesla was making an attempt out a brand new product for the underlay and it didn’t conduct correct testing first as Stacey would later discover out.

Week 3 consisted of preparation work to obtain the tiles and on week 4, Tesla lastly began putting in the photo voltaic tiles.

Tesla additionally put in {the electrical} {hardware}:

On week 5 (we are actually in September already) Tesla began to realized that it made a mistake with its new underlay.

Stacey defined:

“Monday didn’t begin out effectively – we had rain over the weekend and some locations inside the home felt the impact of it, two of the seven areas have been again to the roofing removing firm, as they discovered these areas and glued them, it began raining and that stops all work. The opposite areas got here right down to a failure in Tesla’s new lining – and that’s once you discover out your one of many first properties to get it. Apparently, it’s too skinny and the clips that maintain the boards collectively can come by means of and when it rains, water will get in.”

They spent most of week 5 making an attempt to repair these issues.

The following week (week 6) Tesla despatched an knowledgeable to supervise the work and attempt to deliver it again as much as customary after the prior failures.

It regarded like they have been making some progress, however they skilled one other leak within the storage by the tip of the week.

Throughout week 6 is when issues went from unhealthy to worse as work was halted they usually simply determined to place a tarp over the entire roof:

They began transferring the state of affairs up the chain of command and Stacey began to listen to that the consensus was that they wanted to start out from scratch.

Needless to say they’re now already nearly 2 months into the venture.

A supply conversant in the venture stated that Tesla engineers agreed that it was a giant mistake to change from a double layer of self-sealing Firestone as to a single layer thinner and weaker product as roof underlayment with out correct testing.

The following week they’d Servpro, a hearth and water cleanup and restoration service firm, over to verify the leaks didn’t depart lasting damages and Stacey reached a compensation settlement with Tesla over all the problems.

Now in early October, 9 weeks into the venture, Stacey’s total home is roofed by tarps to attempt to defend it in opposition to the weather:

This week, Tesla is now restarting Stacey’s roof again from the deck after abandoning the brand new underlay.

He is likely to be one other 4 weeks of building on his home earlier than he lastly has a brand new roof.

We’ll maintain you up to date.

Electrek’s Take

Stacey remains to be hopeful that the ultimate product will likely be price this 2-month-long nightmare, however he thinks potential prospects ought to know that Tesla hasn’t found out the entire set up course of simply but.

I agree with him and for this reason we’re posting this now.

We’ll replace when the venture is over and hopefully, the end result will likely be price it.

I nonetheless suppose that Tesla’s photo voltaic roof tiles are an especially necessary product that has the potential to speed up residential solar energy adoption.

However it appears like Tesla was untimely with the product.

It most likely ought to have gone by means of extra testing earlier than making its solution to prospects who’re spending tens of hundreds of {dollars} for it.

Stacey appears to be dealing with it effectively, however I’ve to think about that having 2 months of building work in your roof is extraordinarily nerve-racking.

For the product to turn into mainstream, they should easy out the set up course of.

In case you have attention-grabbing photo voltaic roof experiences, good or unhealthy, please attain out to us as we attempt to get a greater image of the present state of the product.

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