Thursday, September 21, 2017
LG has unveiled a series of new residential solar modules that take the record as the highest efficiency residential solar panel produced by LG.
The new panels look very similar to most residential solar panels but the secret is in the sauce as the new LG NeON R panels take the 60 cell panel configuration and level it up with a rating of 365 watts. Compared to the 245 and 255 watt panels on my roof from a few years ago, these new LG panels pack a significantly higher power output into the same form factor. Even compared to today’s more common 290 watt panels, the NeON R panels are a step change improvement. That could be a game-changer for homeowners with limited roof space for solar panels ( for example: GOAL ZERO NOMAD 20 )and installers looking to maximize system output while minimizing installation time.
As the solar technology space continues to evolve we are proud to offer one of the highest power output modules for residential applications,” said Stephen Hahm, vice president and head of LG Electronics USA’s Energy Solutions business. “We’re eager to continue to make innovative products, delivering quality results for our customers.”
The new panels also feature the highest wind and snow load rating in the industry, which makes them perfect for installation in regions that trade copious amounts of summer sunshine for occasional (or not so occasional) snowy winters. Adding to their appeal, LG’s new NeON R panels also sport one of the best temperature performance characteristics on the market, which allows them to continue producing power in a wider range of temperatures.
Without getting too far into geek-speak, the new NeON R panels have also been built to prolong performance over the years with a new formulation that uses almost no boron. This means that the panels are not as prone to Light Induced Degradation and ensures they are able to deliver maximum performance and maximum potential power output for the life of the module.
A closer look at the panels reveals that the visible wiring (electrodes) traditionally found on the surface of the panels has been moved to the rear of the panel, giving the external cover a more seamless appearance than traditional residential solar panels.
It is easy to dismiss each incremental improvement in solar panel efficiency as small and inconsequential, but the improvements from 2011 when I put up my first 245 watt, 60 cell panel to these 365 watt, 60 cell panels clearly show how all it takes is one step after another and before you know it, panel efficiencies have made efficiency improvements worth celebrating. I’m personally thankful for innovators like LG that continue to push the limits on solar panel efficiency. And no, this is not paid content.