LG Solar Panels Review

LG Solar Panels Review

LG… Life’s Good right? It’s a huge brand. But are LG solar panels any good? You might think, they make pretty good TV’s washing machines, dishwashers and loads of other electronic stuff… So their panels must be good too, right? Not necessarily. Here’s a run-down on how LG solar panels compare in today’s market, what they have to offer and where (if anywhere) they are lacking.

lg solar panels review charging station
An LG solar and wind mobile phone charging station.

LG Solar Panels – Brief History

LG are a large Korean company with a zillion different technology products. If you want a long-winded version of the history of LG solar, go here. Basically though, they’ve been a player in solar panels since 2010, and they have some pretty shiny panels to offer, if you can afford them.

EDIT BY REQUEST FROM LG (27/5/15): LG has been researching solar since 1985 and have been bringing out limited PV products like PV solar lights for remote locations in Korea since the mid 1990’s.

One thing I will say just from doing a basic internet search for “lg solar”, is that it’s pretty confusing as to who they are. I mean, we all know they are LG, but it seems there are 3 websites for LG solar panels:

  1. https://lgenergy.com.au/
  2. http://www.lg-solar.com/
  3. http://www.lg.com/au/commercial/solar

In my mind, it seems logical to have a separate website for the solar branch of their company but do they really need 3? No they don’t and yes it is confusing.

lg solar panels factory test
This is a shot of an LG solar panel getting a pressure test.

LG Solar Panels

LG offer 3 types of solar panels:

  1. The Mono X
  2. The Mono X-NeON
  3. The Mono X Black (No longer available in Australia)
  4. LG NeOB Black (Available from August 2015)

The range is not vast, but the quality is impressive. They don’t really offer much additionally in terms of solar panel quality, but they do have a pretty good hold on efficiency. LG have now moved to the NeON2 panel range. This is mainly to provide an even higher quality module that lasts longer.

Download the LG NeON2 300W Datasheet

Download the LG NeON2 310-315W Datasheet

LG solar panels impact test
LG also do impact tests on their panels (like every other panel maker in the world).

Awards & Independent Test Results

OK so LG won the “intersolar” award in the “photovoltaics” category. Here’s the statement about what the 2013 award was all about:

LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH, from Ratingen, have developed a particulary high-performing solar module, the Mono X NeoN, which boasts both improved efficiency and lower costs. This is made possible by using n-type (bifacial) solar cells, which use the solar insolation from two sides, passivation and improved light coupling. The modules are produced using 10 to 20 percent less material.
Furthermore, at 16.8 kg the solar modules are especially light-weight. They are highly resistant against environmental effects, too. The jury was impressed with the solar module’s combination of technologies used, the sustainable use of resources and the economic viability.

Here is the full Hall of Fame extract

Does this mean it’s a great panel? Yeah, it’s a great panel. Should you buy it because of this? Not necessarily – it’s all about weighing up costs, value, aesthetics and longevity. And it all depends on what you consider valuable in a solar panel. A good solar panel should deliver excellent results, with an excellent warranty at a low price right? So which of these does LG have to offer?

EDIT REQUESTED BY LG (27/5/15): This is complete blubber – Photon chooses the panels. We have offered the panels to them, but have not been taken up – simple as that.

What about Photon test results? Well, here’s the thing see: There are none. I guess LG haven’t wanted to put panels into the Photon module yield test in case their performance was just the same as the rest.

lg solar panels cell
Here is a solar cell from an LG solar panel

LG Solar Panels Review Summary

So are LG solar panels any good? Well of course they are. An enormous company like LG is probably not going anywhere. They make pretty decent quality stuff most of the time and their solar panels benefited from the enormous amount of resources the company has to pour into them. But, they could be better. I mean, for one thing the price is a little bit high compared to other panels on the market. If you compare an LG quote to many other solar quotes you get with other reputable solar panel brands, you’ll likely see a big price difference.

EDIT REQUESTED BY LG (27/5/15): Our [LG] panels go for 5kW with SMA inverters for around $7,500 – Trina Honey is for around $6,500 or $6,800 for similar.

So at the best (according to LG) you’re paying an extra $700 for their panels over Trina. The question you should ask yourself is whether it’s worth the extra investment.

Admittedly, LG have got a fantastic product and if you want the best of the best then LG are a great choice. The new NeON2 technology upgrade means they are also now offering a legitimate 12 year warranty, which is more than most!

LG Solar Panel Performance

LG were kind enough to share some monitoring data with Solar Proof which showed how well LG panels were performing against most major competitors and the results were promising! Even if LG aren’t listed in Photon, this convinced us that they are a serious contender in terms of performance. LG are also one of the market leaders in terms of R & D. LGchem storage systems look very similar to the Tesla Powerwall and it’s fantastic to see innovators in the market contributing to the role solar plays in our energy mix!

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14 thoughts on “LG Solar Panels Review”

  1. I had a rather optimistic salesman around the other day. His position on LG Solar panels was that they are the best ‘because they are LG’ and their warranties and products are the best in the business. – There were no other solar panel to match.

    Funny that the JB-HI TV Expert also told me the same thing in 2009! Less than 2 years later I had vertical lines appear all over the screen. Did LG live up to the claim of ‘best warranties and product in the industry’ – nope.

    I’ve caught on to LG as a brand a long time ago. Great at Marketing, unfortunately not much else.

  2. We are an LG Dealer/Installer, and have sold *many* brands of the past 15 years we have been in business.
    It was our choice to distribute LG panels; and here are our reasons:
    1. The safest warranty in Australia. There is no other panel in Australia, warranted by as large an Australian organisation as LG Australia!
    2. The alternatives are by comparison ‘shaky’ in the long term: any Chinese manufacturer could be absorbed by another Chinese company at any time, due to the strange economic support of solar in China.
    3. LG has the best *consistent* fit and finish of any panel we have ever seen! To us, it means that if they take that much care with appearance, they are most likely taking care with all the other aspects of the panel.
    4. LG similarly has one of the best consistent electrical parameters – it means that your panels ‘all match each other’ to not degrade output on a string inverter.
    The list goes on – we are in business for the long term, and want to minimise our risk against mass warranty failures – all the above is why we choose and recommend LG.

    • I’m just looking at purchasing LG Mono-X Panel
      [LG260S1C-A3] PV’s here in Auckland. I can’t seem to find much about them that talks about any issues. Other options are Canadian Solar, Winaico and a host of other Chinese made stuff. Winaico isn’t even sold in Auckland, so there are issues around shipping etc. How do you guys rate these panels? I’m looking to fit 20 to my carport with micro inverters. Thanks very much for any comments.

      • Hi Stephen,
        LG are a fantastic panel. They are very high quality, similar to WINAICO. I wouldn’t rate Canadian Solar in the same league as these 2. Although there are quite a few cheaper panels which are also excellent quality. It just depends what’s available at your location I guess. Either way, LG and WINAICO are some of the highest quality you can get.

        • BSPQ – thanks very much for your thoughts. I think I best grab these while they are available and I will post some photos and progress on my project as it unfolds.

  3. LG 315s are one of the most efficient panels on the market with the ones I saw having a very well built quality. I do not get many consumers who buy the cheap no name panels. If one day the rebate goes 80% of manufacturer’s will leave our shores quick smart. Only company like Sharp, LG , SunPower (owned by Total) and the
    like will actually have a warranty worth worrying about – the rest of the warranty cards are just useless paper.

  4. Hi
    Just purchased LG Mono 2 285w x 20 + Bosch 5kw inverter for $6,500 fully installed, SMA 5000 would have been $450 more expensive. For what LG offers (12 years warranty, 83% after 25 years performance AND reduced coeficiency – i’m quite happy). Brisbane – Dec 2015. Note some friendly sales companies offered LG+SMA configuration for $9,300. Seriously.

      • Peter, What did you end up installing. I have many varied quotes but the Mono x2 285kw x 14 panels and a Fronius single phase inverter quoted at $5390.. Have you been happy with your system

  5. I have just been quote 3 days ago for 18 panels -285kw – 5 kw inverter – ? type thru Energy Australia
    Told it’s not the string type – they are LG panels Black with black frames ( better looking) for a single storey house. been charged travelling costs for the panels Approx $500, from Sydney to Maitland. NSW – Total Cost $11,060.00 .
    ? is that too much.
    I’ve had other quotes = inferior panels and 3 kw system. etc

  6. Highly ineffective panels where there is snow fall.
    If any cell in a row on the panel is covered that row does not produce electricity.
    This means they are useless in winter. This was on the 400 watt panels.

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