Łódź sunroof firm calls out Elon Musk on solar panel pricings
A solar panel sunroof maker in Łódź has gone head-to-head with billionaire Elon Musk over who has the better roofs.
On Friday, Musk who in the past has boasted that having Tesla solar panels is like having a “Money printer on your roof,” announced on Twitter that “Tesla Solar panels cost just $1.49/watt”.
However, he failed to mention that the new lower prices for the Tesla panels were only after factoring in government subsidies.
Łódź-based Lech Kaniuk, owner of competing solar panel firm SunRoof responded that his company offers greater efficiency and return on investment to environmentally conscious homeowners and that his SunRoof installations cost under $1/watt.
He added that his prices were still cheaper before customers receive any government assistance.
Monocrystalline cells, such as those used in the SunRoof tiles, are more efficient and ecological than the photovoltaic foil used in Tesla's Solar Roof installations.
Kaniuk added that he was happy to collaborate with Musk, posting on LinkedIn: “We compete on Earth. We join forces in space. SunRoof Mars Edition is in progress. We have 3 space engineers joining in to make this happen.”
SunRoof was founded in Vänersborg, Sweden in 2013 before opening research and development offices Łódź as well as a logistics and design centre in Gdańsk in 2019.
Well-known on the Swedish market, SunRoof completed over 50 installations before embarking on its international expansion.
The first project in Switzerland was completed in July and during their search for a country manager in Italy, the company received over 1,000 applications.
Kaniuk said: “The innovative SunRoof technology combines house architecture with electricity-producing systems. Such a roof with integrated photovoltaic cells provides ‘green’ energy that can power any electrical appliance, provide heating and air conditioning, and even allow you to charge an electric car in your garage.
“This creates a new space for smart energy management.”
SunRoof installations are cheaper than a traditional roof with solar panels installed on top.
Based on their first project in Łódź, which has an area of 218 m2 and will produce 19 MWh of electricity annually, SunRoof estimates that the owners will save 15,000 PLN per year.
The life expectancy of the installation is 30 years and the savings of hundreds of thousands will help recover a large part of the investment in the new property.
Kaniuk said: “We estimate that we can build 3,000 solar roofs per month over the next 5 years, a plan which requires 10,000 employees to succeed.”
Tesla have tripled installations in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of the year and continue to increase product at the company’s Giga Factory in New York.