Tesla has apparently begun manufacturing its solar roof tiles at its Buffalo, New York, factory, according to Reuters. The company is also starting the process of surveying the homes of people who placed a deposit on the tiles last year for installation purposes. We've reached out to Tesla for confirmation.
On Monday, the Trump administration slapped new tariffs on solar-panel imports that could increase the costs of buying solar equipment made abroad by as much as 30 percent. The idea is to bolster U.S. manufacturers and give them more potential to grow and add jobs, but in reality, this is a myopic strategy that fails to really consider what the solar-energy industry is and how it grew so fast.
A new alloy material could be used to make solar panels that are more efficient and less costly to manufacture than current panels. The alloy is designed to capture the near infrared light that is on the edge of the visible light spectrum, according to Futurity. Current solar panels allow light to slip through the cracks because solar cells don't have a layer of an alloy that is sensitive enough to infrared light to capture the particles. The hope is that this new alloy, designed at the University of Michigan, will change that and be able to offer an efficient, cost effective and durable way to harness that energy currently going to waste. As the solar industry has grown, the cost of creating solar panels has dropped as installation has become more efficient.