LG debuts 72-cell high-efficiency panel for U.S. commercial market at Intersolar

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LG Electronics USA told the press at Intersolar 2016 that starting this month, it will begin shipping its flagship NeON 2 72-cell solar panels, targeted specifically for commercial and utility scale installations. LG believed these new solar panels represent the industry’s most efficient and practical solution for commercial installations due to LG’s N-Type double-sided cell structure.

That double-sided cell structure allows the panels to produce more energy with a smaller footprint. LG’s newest models feature a series of 72-cell modules that make it easier to manage space when installing a large-scale system without sacrificing energy output. The three models, LG365N2W-G4, LG370N2W-G4 and LG375N2W-G4, are designed to deliver outputs ranging from 365 to 375 watts, in a 6.41- by 3.28-footpanel, thereby producing more power in less space.

This high efficiency C&I panel debut marks the start of a big push for the company into what they see if a growing space that is seeking more high-efficiency solutions.

This new series builds on the success of LG’s award-winning 60-cell NeON 2 modules that use LG’s N-Type double-sided cell structure, which allows the light, reflected from the rear of the module to be reabsorbed, generating even more power.

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“LG’s NeON 2 72-cell panels are the perfect solution for commercial and utility scale installation projects looking for a highly efficient solar energy solution without compromising their roof or green space,” said David Chang, U.S. head of sales for LG Solar. “These panels combine LG’s signature sleek design with the newest technology on the market to provide businesses an attainable solar solution for long-term cost savings.”

Advancing the success of LG’s flagship NeON 2, the N-Type material was developed through an elaborate process control, adopting a semiconductor processing solution, which boasts higher mobility of electric charge. As a result of its improved temperature coefficient, the NeON 2 72-cell panels can generate more electricity on sunny days and even performs more efficiently on cloudy days, allowing one module to generate more energy per square foot, regardless of environmental factors.

You may remember these LG flagship NeON 2 and NeON 2 Black solar panels, launched in 2015, feature LG’s innovative Cello technology, which utilizes circular-shaped wires to scatter light for better absorption while reducing the electrical loss and increasing power output and reliability by spreading the current with 12 thin wires rather than the traditional three busbars

While the new NeON 2 72-cell is optimized for commercial use, the new NeON 2 and NeON 2 Black solar panels are ideal for residential applications. The NeON 2 Black features an all-black design, which makes it almost undetectable against a roof for a sleek appearance. The 320W NeON 2 delivers a 6.4 kWp capacity with 20 modules (60 cells) compared with competing 285W p-type Mono panels with the same number of modules that generate only 5.7 kWp.

New warranty structure

Unlike conventional p-type solar modules, the N-Type cells used in the NeON 2 72-cell, NeON 2 and NeON 2 Black use almost no boron, so Light Induced Degradation is reduced significantly.

The NeON 2 72-cell offers the same increased frame firmness of the NeON 2 and NeON 2 Black– the direct result of a reinforced frame design that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is durable. The improved 72-cell module reduces annual degradation from -0.7 percent to -0.6 percent per year, allowing LG to extend the warranty to a full 12 years.

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