LG Solar panels, which is the best one to buy?
Hey everyone, in today’s post I want to go over the various types of LG Solar panels and help you determine which solar panel model is the best one for you. We’ll be looking at efficiency, performance, warranty, and overall cost.
LG solar offers five types of solar panels, four are intended for Residential homes with one for commercial applications, the NeON R, NeON 2 AC, NeON 2, NeON 2 Black, are all residential solar panels and NeON 2 72 cell is a commercial panel. The difference between each type of module is closely linked to the panels efficiency, power output, and cost. It’s easier to think of these modules as car packages. You have your base models, and then you have your fully loaded models, with variations of the two making up the middle.
Starting at the base model; we have the LG NeON 2.
This panel features LG’s Enhanced Performance Warranty, and you’ll find that ALL of LG Solar panels include this warranty along with an Enhanced Product Warranty. What this means is LG guarantees the performance of every solar panel they manufacture for 25-years as well as the product as a whole.
The NeON 2 has a maximum power output of 340 watts, an efficiency rating of 19.8 percent, and is considered a three out of five for cost. It’s worth noting that some of the LG NeON 2 models are Made in America from imported parts.
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Next up, the LG NeON 2 Black.
This panel uses a black back sheeting instead of a traditional white sheeting like you had seen on the previous module. This panel features both the Enhanced Performance and Product warranty, has a maximum power output of 325 watts, an efficiency rating of 19.0 percent and is considered a three out of five for cost. Again, this is another panel from LG Solar that is Made in America from imported parts.
Moving onto a partnership panel, the LG NeON 2 AC. This panel is manufactured by LG Solar and has a built-in micro-inverter from Enphase Energy. This combination allows for an enhanced long-term reliability as the DC voltage is almost instantly covered to AC. This panel features three warranties, the Enhanced Performance and Product Warranty, but also a 25-year warranty on the micro-inverter from Enphase Energy.
The maximum power output of this panel is 330 watts, with an efficiency of 19.3 percent. The pricing for this panel is different than the rest because it has a micro-inverter built into the panel, so we give it a four point five out of five, as it’s not the most expensive panel, but it does cost more compared to the others if you bought the micro-inverters separately.
With that said, let’s talk about LG’s pride and joy, the NeON R. This model has been a big talking point for LG as it has broken many records with power output and efficiency.
This is a 60-cell panel like the others, but it’s producing a whomping 365 watts with a 21.1% efficiency! LG is expected to have an even higher watt version of this panel coming later this year. It’s rumored that it’ll possibly produce up to 380 watts! And if you don’t know why this is significant let me take a quick second to explain.
The higher the wattage is per panel the less of them you need to produce the energy you consume. Comparing this to a typical 6 kilowatt solar system that uses a 290 watt solar panel you’d need 21 solar panels, whereas you only need 15 if you used an LG NeON R panel. That’s six less panels on your roof, that’s 8 less penetrations to your roof, that’s 2 hours of labor saved during your installation.
But let’s not get too far ahead, because the latest and greatest product, does of course come at a very hefty price tag and honestly we have to give it a five out of five for price.
The last panel I want to talk to you about is LG’s commercial module. Now, if you’re hoping to get a commercial panel for your home, you’ll have to really try and pull some strings as these panels are typically reserved for minimum orders of 100 at a time. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
The LG NeON 2 72 cell is larger than residential panels, so if you have limited roof space this probably won’t work for you, but is ideal for ground mounted solar systems. This panel has a maximum power output of 405 watts, and an efficiency of 19.6%. It features a silver frame, and of course comes with LG’s enhanced performance and product warranty. This panel is also Made in America from imported parts and the panel receives a four out of five for cost.
I prepared a quick overview for you to see the power output, efficiency, warranty, and cost factor side by side. Keep in mind that there are lower wattage variations of these panels, and I only covered the highest wattage available. If you have questions about any of the panels we went over please leave a comment below.