Exploring the Solar Roof Problem – Where Are They? Tesla and Elon Musk have been on a mission to make their Solar Roof tiles the go-to solution if you’re considering a new roof plus solar panels. Why buy and install two separate products when you can make one that does both? I don’t know about you, but my neighborhood has a lot of solar panels, but is still looking a little scrimpy on the solar roof front. So what happened? Increased prices, installation times that still take the better part of a week, and new solar roof tile and shingle competition that may beat Tesla on price and installation time. There’s some interesting solar tile and shingle competition out there now, like new solar roof shingles that got a lot of buzz at this year’s CES. But where are they?