Tesla has signed what could be described as a breakthrough deal to deploy solar roofs and Powerwalls in a new community being built by Brookfield Asset Management and Dacra in Austin.

Tesla and SolarCity developed a solar roof system that integrates the solar cells and modules inside the structure of the roof rather than just panels on a roof.

They are is using a high-efficiency solar cell covered with a “color louver film”, which allows cells to blend into the roof while exposing them to the sun above, and finally a tempered glass on top for durability.

With the launch of the Tesla Solar Roof Tiles, the company has not only been trying to address the market of existing houses in need of a new roof, but it also wanted to expand to the new home market.

Tesla has appeared to be making breakthroughs recently.
June 2021, Tesla reached a deal with real estate developer and new home builder Alset EHome announced an agreement with Tesla to supply solar panels, Powerwall, and electric vehicle chargers for 20 new homes being built in Porter, Texas.

Now, Tesla Energy, the automaker’s energy division, has reached an even greater deal with Brookfield and Dacra, two large real estate companies, to develop a new “large-scale” community with Tesla solar roofs and Powerwalls in all new homes:

Tesla Energy, Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Dacra announced a new initiative, provisionally named SunHouse at Easton Park, the first Tesla Solar neighborhood and the nation’s most sustainable residential community. Combining the real estate expertise of Brookfield and Dacra with Tesla Energy’s innovative products and knowledge, the state-of-the-art sustainable features will be installed in phases to allow for ongoing learning and innovation.

While the companies didn’t release the number of targeted new homes, the project appears to be a significant development for Tesla Energy entering the new home market.
Elon Musk commented on the announcement:
“Neighborhood solar installations across all housing types will reshape how people live. Brookfield and Dacra’s commitment to stay at the vanguard of that evolution is what makes them the right collaborator for Tesla Energy. The feedback we get from the solar and battery products used in this community will impact how we develop and launch new products.” 

The community is located in Austin, Texas, near the local international airport: They confirmed that the first phase of installations already started, and they are starting with Tesla Solar Roof tiles V3 and Powerwall 2 home battery packs. Electric vehicle charging stations and “additional transportation, technology and energy solutions.”

The product is offered in 4 different styles: Textured Glass Tile, Slate Glass Tile, Tuscan Glass Tile, and Smooth Glass Tile.
Brian Kingston, CEO of Brookfield’s Real Estate business, commented on the project:

“This initiative brings together multiple parts of our organization with innovative and forward-thinking partners that share a commitment to advance the development of sustainable communities. As consumers increasingly seek out energy security alongside sustainable places to live, combining Tesla’s solar technology together with Brookfield’s real estate and renewables development capabilities will help us meet demand for environmentally responsible communities of the future.”
The automaker still has hopes to accelerate the deployment to 1,000 new roofs per week by the end of the year.

New home projects like this one could help greatly toward that goal since the installation process is easier and more easily scalable on new homes than on existing homes that need a new roof.

Tesla's solar tiles are made out of glass, so some might assume they'll shatter under the worst conditions. However, Tesla says they're three times stronger than standard roof tiles.

The video shows a single case, it seems Tesla's claims about the solar tile durability may be accurate. Check out the video and decide for yourself.