A new study by energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie shows that Tesla has installed only 3,000 solar roof systems in the United States since it began peddling its solar roof technology seven years ago. This installation rate is far less than Tesla’s previous guidance expectations and ambitions for what it calls “solar glass” roof tiles. Wood Mackenzie noted that Tesla had said in late 2019 that its goal was to produce 1,000 solar roofs per week and install 1,000 per week in the first half of 2020.
However, the report shows that the average weekly installation of Tesla solar roofs in 2022 will be just 21 units. In the first quarter of last year, Tesla’s average weekly installations in the U.S. reached a high of 32 units. Wood Mackenzie said Tesla solar roofs will account for less than 0.03 percent of the approximately 5 million new roofs to be built in the U.S. in 2022.
The report once again reveals that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been slow to integrate this solar business into Tesla since acquiring solar company SolarCity in 2016, a solar installation company founded by Elon Musk’s cousins Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive founded and operated with his help.
Tesla’s solar division later responded on Twitter, saying, “This study is dead wrong.”