Posted 6.9.2016 in Reviews by Christopher
Worldwide producer of electronic products, LG Electronics, solidified their commitment to being a provider of solar products in 2004 when they consolidated several research laboratories under one umbrella. By doing so, the company was able to leverage R&D experience that had begun with GoldStar Electronics. In 1985, GoldStar conducted its first research into the use of multicrystalline solar cells. Then in 1989, the GoldStar Central R&D Lab and Lucky Chemical developed solar cell technology and established a photovoltaic power plant. Over the next decades there were more advancements until the 2004 consolidation. Mass production began in 2010 from the company’s Korea facility.
Today LG offers four distinct lines of solar panels.
NeON 2 panels are the brand's flagship units. Neon 2 panels are equipped with the company's Cello technology. Cello technology consists of 12 thin wires instead of three busbars, which offers improved performance by reducing resistance of current flow. The smaller conductive material also allows more of the cell to be exposed to sun producing more electricity. NeON panels feature a double-sided cell structure, which allows the cells to generate electricity from the light that is reflected off surfaces onto the back of the module. LG also adds 2 years of coverage to the standard warranty.
Mono X Plus panels feature proprietary technology that reduces initial efficiency degradation. When solar cells are exposed to solar energy, they experience light-induced degradation (LID). LG's LiLY Technology combats this degradation reducing the panel's initial degradation and slows subsequent losses from LID over the life of the panel. Also comes with the 2 years of additional warranty.
Mono X panels are the entry panels in LG's residential line. They benefit from proprietary installation markings on the frame and wiring looms are all designed to lower installation costs. These installation marking are found throughout the LG line.
Mono X Ace takes the Mono X panels and incorporates a microinverter into each panel.