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SWFL roofing company offering Tesla solar glass roofs for clean energy

Reporter: Stephanie Byrne Writer: Melissa Montoya
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A Southwest Florida company is offering a new clean energy solution

Kelly Roofing is installing a new Tesla solar glass roof on a Cape Coral home. The system used the complete roof to generate, store and provide clean energy.

Karen Swalve, of Cape Coral, watched on Wednesday with anticipation as her solar roof nears completion.

“We’ve been working on this for two years,” Swalve said.

Two years ago, her husband sought out a Tesla solar roof for their Cape Coral home.

It takes two weeks for installation.

“We’re going for net-zero meaning that we won’t have a utility bill,” Swalve said.

And she’s not alone.

The Solar Energy Industries Association said sun power in the U.S. is growing and nearly $9 billion have been invested in Florida solar.

“It’s something I never thought we’d actually be able to do,” said Ken Kelly, of Kelly Roofing.

Here in Florida, it can feel like we deal with storms just as much as we enjoy the sunshine.

But Kelly said users in Florida can still generate power even after a hurricane or power outage.

“It won’t back feed the grid, so you’re not going to hurt someone who is trying to repair or fix the lines, but you still will be independently having power in your own home,” Kelly said.

Kelly said it’s an investment. The photovoltaic panels generate electricity and power your home.

“The upfront costs are the same as if you put on a new roof and then installed power on top of it,” Kelly said.