When Tesla bought SolarCity, it opened a whole new world of possibilities for Tesla. They are now the world's only vertically integrated sustainable energy company. Below you can find a selection of Elon Musk's best quotes about Tesla Energy, it's mission, and their products.

The first 8 quotes come primarily from Elon Musk's presentation of Tesla's new solar roof. You can watch the entire presentation here:


  1. "The key is really to make solar something desirable, where if you install a solar roof on your house, you want to put it on the most prominent part of the house. You want to call your neighbors over and say, ‘Check out the sweet roof.’ It’s like, not a phrase that you hear often, but that’s the key to it. People really care about their homes; they love their homes and they want them to be better. And I think taking this approach, it can be. So that’s where we’re headed and I hope you agree, that’s the future we want." (Oct 28, 2016 | Source)

  2. "The solution is both local power generation and utility power generation, it’s not one or the other" (Oct 28, 2016 | Source)

  3. "People think of Tesla as an eclectic car company but the whole purpose of Tesla was to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy." (Oct 28, 2016 | Source)

  4. “If you have a great solar roof, and you have a battery pack in your house, and you have an electric car, that scales worldwide. You can solve the whole energy equation with that.” (Oct 28, 2016 | Source)

  5. "Solar glass tiles can also incorporate heating elements, like rear defroster on a car, to clear roof of snow and keep generating energy." (Oct 28, 2016 | Source)

  6. "Really like solar and battery go together like peanut butter and jelly. You obviously need the battery, particularly as you get to scale and you want to have solar be a bigger and bigger percentage of the grid. If you don’t have the batteries there to balance the grid and buffer the power, you really can’t go beyond a certain percentage of solar in a particular neighborhood." (Oct 28, 2016 | Source)

  7. "How do we have a solar roof that’s better than a normal roof? A roof that looks better than normal roofs, generates electricity, lasts longer, has better insulation, and has an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity." (Oct 28, 2016 | Source)

  8. "There are additional products that I’d like to bring out that are I think people will find counterintuitive at first. And then find it obvious. It would seem to be the pattern. It’s counterintuitive, it’s stupid, it’s never going to work. Now it’s obvious." (Nov 1, 2016 | Source)

  9. "That they [Tesla & SolarCity] are [were] separate at all... is largely an accident of history."

  10. "Let's say the only thing we had was solar energy - that was the only power source - if you just took a small section of Spain, you could power all of Europe."