Elon Musk’s futuristic solar roof tiles and at-home energy storage units are about to become mainstream.
Or, at least, that’s what Tesla is hoping, by setting up shop in 800 Home Depot stores across the U.S.
The Tesla-branded kiosks will sell the firm’s solar roof tiles and Powerwall batteries at select Home Depot locations beginning sometime in the first half of this year.
The company is also in discussions with home improvement store Lowe’s about selling the products there, according to Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the situation.
Home Depot used to have a partnership with Solar City, the alternative energy company acquired by Tesla in 2016 that has since been phased out.
Now, Tesla will have displays that are 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide, promoting the products and, in some cases, demonstrating how they work.
It’s unclear whether Tesla will eventually add kiosks to all of Home Depot’s 2,200 stores.
Home Depot locations in Southern California already have the kiosks, while Las Vegas and Orlando stores are expected to open booths next week, according to USA Today.
The move is likely part of Tesla’s wider effort to attract mainstream consumers.
Tesla’s solar power system costs between $10,000 and $25,000, with batteries costing around $7,000.
The firm already showcases its solar panels at its 110 U.S. stores, USA Today noted.
Tesla started taking $1,000 deposits for the roof tiles in May 2017.
However, it’s taken a while for the solar roof tiles to get off the ground, having only been installed on Tesla employees homes so far.
Musk recently introduced the Powerwall 2, a home battery unit that stores 14 kWh with the aid of solar roof panels developed in conjunction with SolarCity.
Musk said that the Powerwall 2 has enough power to charge lights, sockets and refrigerator for a standard 4 bedroom home for an entire day.
The Powerwall 2 is an improvement upon the original Powerwall, which has only about half of the storage capacity as the new generation of products.