The sun’s the limit: St. Augustine couple installs first Tesla solar roof in St. Johns County – St. Augustine Record

St. Augustine’s Bill and Gillian Tait are the first homeowners to install a full Tesla solar-paneled roof in St. Johns County, according to the two Jacksonville-based companies overseeing its construction.

The couple opted to go with the emerging technology for a couple of reasons.

“Well, we wanted solar, for one, because it just makes so much sense,” Bill Taint said in a recent interview with The Record. “And we really just liked the look of the panels.”

The panels — each 15 feet wide by 45 feet long — are linked to a Tesla Solar Inverter and can generate 340 watts, more than enough to power the average household, with the ability to store additional energy in batteries.

Workers install Tesla solar panels on the home of Bill and Gillian Tait. The home is under construction in the St. Augustine Shores community.

The Taits, who previously resided on Anastasia Island, are in the process of building a new home on a waterfront parcel in the St. Augustine Shores.

Tesla is contracting with Parrot Solar and Ron Russell Roofing, both in Jacksonville, for the job. 

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May 28, 2021 susan ward