Forward Labs: Tesla's Cheaper and More Efficient Solar Roof Competitor!

Khryss | Published 2017-06-13 06:10
A move forward towards a better solar roof option? Tesla may currently have the spotlight on solar roofs but a new start-up might just be rising out of lesser cost and higher efficiency. Forward Labs is a self-funded company with three employees (yep, that's all they need to compete with the leading solar roof provider). With CEO Zach Taylor's exceptional construction skills and background, they were able to create a design that just blend with traditional roofs like the one you're under. The top layers are so seamless that it appears "nearly identical to the non-solar portions of the roof". Their version particularly have 8 colors for now but these solar roofs are more than just aesthetics. The system includes "a five-layer build -- we've got glass, our optics, the cells, of course, and the encapsulant -- and all of that goes into a metal frame that's made at the factory. So it's not something that's built on site; it's not an afterthought. It's completely integrated," Taylor told Green Tech Media. It's made of monocrystalline solar cells, and the panels are very easy to install and replace (even easier than the conventional ones). Cooling it wouldn't be a problem as well for air gaps below the panels do the job. Need I say more? Well, it's about 33% cheaper than Tesla's with a price of $8.50 per square foot for the roof and $3.25 per watt for the solar compared to the latter's $21.85 per square foot and $4.75 per watt. [embed]https://youtu.be/KIoDNDntvmQ[/embed] “We use more affordable materials than our competitors and employ standard manufacturing processes," Taylor said. "The roof's installation process is simple and quick -- we can install our system in half the time that other companies can." "I'm trying not to make too many comparisons directly to Tesla," he added. "But I can say that we do have the most cost-effective roof in the market with the highest rate of return on investment -- and that's what homeowners have been seeking." Guess we already have an answer to the question. See the samples yourself: http://inhabitat.com/forward-labs-new-solar-roof-is-33-cheaper-than-teslas-and-it-can-be-installed-in-half-the-time/ https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Can-a-Startup-Compete-With-Teslas-New-Solar-Roof
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