Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Tesla is considering a roof-to-grid system, similar to the ones in Germany, France, Denmark and other countries.
In a new interview with The Lad bible, Musk said the company could offer solar panels to households in areas where solar has not been installed, and that the company would be open to making rooftop systems available for sale in other parts of the world.
Musk said Tesla is looking at the possibility of installing solar panels in Australia, where there are “very high levels of penetration of solar panels,” and said Tesla’s goal is to have solar panels installed on every home in the country by the end of the year.
Musk says he is “not yet comfortable” about building a solar roof, though, and said that it could take a while before a roof is installed in the US.
Tesla is not alone in making the jump to solar.
SolarCity, a California-based solar panel manufacturer, recently announced plans to start offering rooftop solar panels for sale on its website.
Solar roofing companies are also looking at developing roof-mounted solar systems that could be installed in homes.
A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimated that the US solar roof market will reach $100 billion by 2020.
Tesla, SolarCity and other rooftop solar companies are hoping to make solar more widely available as they struggle to stay afloat as the cost of solar rises and competition from the cheaper, more efficient panels on the market increases.