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Is the implication that this doesn't look like Honduran mahogany to you? It was priced at a level I would expect for Honduran.When it comes to sawing orientation, some woods like mahogany you'll have to refer to the end grain to really tell. It's very obvious in others like oak and douglas fir.
Also, Honduran mahogany and African "mahogany" are quite difficult to tell apart on how they look so you may want to dig into that a bit. They're worlds apart in terms of cost and Honduran is not typically very easy to get.
I don't have a slate roof, so I can't comment on that part, but you need to be real careful with their calculator. Even if I replaced 100% of energy used with the roof panels, I wouldn't get my payback in 30 years based on my math. I'd also have to cut down a bunch of trees, which my association wouldn't allow, that I wouldn't want to.sorry if this has been discussed before, but has anyone got any opinions or experience with Tesla roof tiles?
We have a slate roof on our mid-1800s terrace house that is in pretty poor condition.
Replacement slate and the expertise required to replace/restore it is quite expensive
Heritage regulations dictate that we can't put in traditional solar panels or use other roofing material, but given that Tesla has an option that LOOKS like slate heritage division may let it fly especially as there is a general push nowadays towards being "green"
The tesla roof will probably still be more expensive than having the traditional slate restored, but the free electricity will probably push the value equation slightly in its favour.
My main concern is that there will be a never ending series of failures or other issues, as it is first-generation technology.
Maybe for you, but I live in the real world with budgets and having to justify my spending. The marginal utility for using solar over anything else is solely the operating cost savings. In my ~10 years of home ownership, I've had two blackouts and one brown out. The blackouts were caused by major storms tearing down power lines (which by the way means I somehow need to generate solar energy when I don't have sun for a couple days at a time), both of which came in a house that was 50+ years old and had above ground powerlines. I don't know what caused the brown out, but it lasted 15 seconds or so.Of course it's not only (or even primarily) about saving money, it's about moving away from a reliance on fossil fuel-generated power and preventing catastrophic climate change. Generating your own electrical power will also mean you won't suffer from brown-outs and other problems with the unreliable and ageing power grid.