LG Solar is owned by a massive Korean company, LG (shock hey). They produce high quality solar panels and have been since 2009. While LG isn’t considered a large producer of panels relative to other solar production giants, it is considered one of the largest producers of premium solar panels.
LG focusses much more on producing high quality solar panels rather than lots of average ones.
Their global headquarters is in Seoul, South Korea.
LG Solar panels are made solely by LG. It’s common practice in solar for some manufacturers to have some of their cells manufactured by an external party. LG manufactures their own solar cells.
LG Solar offers quite a few panels in their Australian range
LG Neon R
LH NeON R (60 Cell)
LG Neon 2
LG NeON 2 Black
LG Mono X Plus
LG NeON H
LG’s range has some of the most premium solar panels available on the Australian market, options like the NeON H and then their range works down to the Mono X which provides very good value from a high end manufacturer.
We cover off in more detail the brand new NeON H and the Mono X below.
All of LG’s panels are manufactured with Monocrystalline N-type cells.
A premium panel normally comes with a premium warranty and LG certainly does. The product warranty for both the LG Neon R and Neon 2 is 25 years, while the warranty for the LG Mono X Plus is 15 years.
LG Neon R and the LG Neon 2 – 98% nominal power for the first year and will decline by no more than 0.3% per year with an output of 90.8% at 25 years.
LG Mono X Plus – 97.5% nominal power for the first year and will decline by no more than 0.4% per year with an output of 87.9% at 25 years.
Being a Korean company the majority of LG’s manufacturing is done in South Korea, this is where the Neon R and Neon X are manufactured. To lower costs and deliver a panel at a cheaper price, LG are manufacturing their Mono X range in China.
LG has a very strong presence in Australia. According to their information they have around 300 employees in Australia and offices in every main city on mainland Australia. We assume not all of these offices and people are for LG solar but work for LG Electronics.
Much like SunPower, the LG panel range is very appealing with great aesthetics. We love the black Neon 2 and we also love the black trim on all the LG Panels.
If you are looking for a panel that looks as good as it’s performance, LG is a great option.
The first thing people tend to look at when buying a product is the warranty. I guess this has to do with comfort knowing that if there are any issues at all there is a replacement coming with no charge.
On solar panels there are commonly 2 warranties, the product warranty covering any manufacturing faults or issues and the performance warranty which will cover a certain amount of performance degradation.
On the LG NEON H the product warranty is 25 years, which is 10-15 years longer than a standard solar panel.
Their performance warranty is also up there with the industry’s best. It allows for a 1.5% degradation in the first year and 0.33% per year after that. Those figures are absolute and not compounding mean it has a guaranteed output of 90.6% @ 25 years.
Pretty good hey!
These huge warranties are all well and good but when it comes down to it, the LG Solar Panels most outstanding feature of their warranty is the business behind it.
There is a lot of trust and confidence knowing your warranty is supported by one of the largest businesses in the world with a strong local presence in Australia for the last 30 years.
The Module Efficiency
The efficiency of a solar panel is based on its output VS it’s size, so a smaller panel with a large output is more efficient than a larger panel with a lower output.
LG’s solar panels are sitting well towards the top end of the efficiency chart. The 390w LG NEON H boasts a module efficiency of 21.2%.
The Temperature Coefficient
The perfect solar panel temperature is around 25 degrees, each degree over 25 degrees the solar panel loses some output.
While it might be a 35-degree day outside, you can appreciate the temperature on your roof could be 50+.
You can expect an average solar panel to lose about a half of a percent for each degree over 25 degrees.
Looking at the LG NEON H, the temperature coefficient suggests only 0.33% for each degree over 25 degrees. This places the NEON H well into the top performance band for solar n-panels.
Now, the Mono X is considered as a good value-centric option compared to the LG NEON.
The warranty on this module is a bit shorter with a 15 year product warranty compared to the NEON H at 25 years and an output of 87.9% at the end of 25 years for the performance warranty. The industry standard for Mono Perc (P-Type) panels is around 82%.
The efficiency is slightly lower sitting at 19.8% and a temperature coefficient of 0.36% which is only 0.03% higher than the NEON H.
When it boils down to it, there are some differences between the two panels however both represent very high-quality options when compared with their respective competition.
If you’re looking at either the NEON H or the MONO X, you can be confident in knowing you are purchasing some of the very best solar panels, by a huge manufacturer with a very good track record and for us that is incredibly important.