Tesla CEO says company to start selling solar roof tiles

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Tesla will soon begin selling solar roof tiles.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted early Wednesday that ordering would begin later in the day.

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Musk said the tiles will be sold worldwide. They'll go to U.S. customers first this year and to other countries next year. He gave no other details.

Palo Alto, California-based Tesla, which makes electric cars, announced last fall that it would produce the tiles with solar power company SolarCity Corp. Tesla and SolarCity completed a merger in November.

The glass tiles are designed to look like a traditional roof, with options that replicate slate or terracotta tiles. They contain photovoltaic cells that Tesla says are invisible from the street.

The energy from the tiles can power a home when combined with Tesla's Powerwall energy storage unit.