LG solar panels review
Overall Rating From 28 Reviews:
LG Solar produces high quality, tier 1 solar panels and are part of the giant South Korean company LG. In 2015 they produced 600 megawatts of panels. While this is only 13% of what the world leader Trina produced, LG Solar is still a large player in the premium tier 1 panel market. .
The panels LG Solar currently sell in Australia all have a 12 year product warranty, which is two years longer than the the standard for tier 1 panels. This reliability comes at a premium of around a 25% higher price per watt.
LG has offices in every mainland state capital. While Tasmania misses out, this is much better coverage than most tier one manufacturers who usually only have a single office in Australia, or in some cases, none at all.
LG Is A Huge Company
LG Solar is part of LG Electronics which is part of the South Korean corporation LG which used to go by the surprisingly chipper name, Lucky Goldstar. LG is enormous and has a market capitalisation of over $14 billion.
The net wealth of the entire population of the nation of Tonga comes to less than $14 billion. This means the LG Corporation has more money than some countries.
Note I’m not saying the value of Tonga itself is less than $14 billion, as the whole can be worth more than the sum of its parts. For example, I’m sure we could get Lex Luthor to pay more than $14 billion for Tonga as a whole.
LG is involved in a wide range range of areas covering chemicals, electronics, and communications. The company has so many fingers in so many pies I'm surprised they haven't grafted extra arms to their CEO.
While LG headquarters is in the South Korean capital of Seoul, solar panel manufacture takes place in the industrial city of Gumi, which, through some dark sorcery, actually manages to have a worse climate than Seoul.
While LG had been tooling around with solar cells in some form or another for over 20 years, they only entered panel manufacturing in 2009.
LG Solar Panels
While LG appears to manufacture panels that only carry a standard 10 year warranty for use overseas, the three panels they currently sell in Australia, the LG Mono X 2, the LG NeON 2, and the LG NeON 2 Black, all come with a 12 year product warranty. They also have a 25 year performance warranty, but this is rarely of use to householders.
The LG Mono X 2 has an efficiency of around 17% while LG NeOn 2 panels can have an efficiency of up to 19.5% which can make them very useful for installations with a limited amount of roof space. The LG NeON 2 Black has slightly lower efficiency, but some people like its dark colour, so I highly recommend it for people who think black is the new black.
All the panels are salt mist and ammonia corrosion resistant and so are suitable for installation anywhere in Australia.
Lost In Translation
LG says their NeON solar panels use double sided wafers. I find this very interesting, because I can't for the life of me work out what a single sided wafer could be. If a wafer only has one side and I turned it over, would it disappear? If it did disappear, how could I turn it over again to get back to its single side?
I am thinking maybe something got lost in translation here and they are referring to a feature almost all solar panels have, which is making use of light reflected off the back of the cell.
LG Electronics Is Being Investigated By The ACCC
LG Solar panels are produced by LG Electronics and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is currently taking action against LG Electronics for alleged false or misleading representations on consumer guarantees. Currently there is no indication this has involved their solar panels.
LG Chem Produces Battery Storage
A Reliable Panel At A Premium Price
Any solar panel that comes with a product warranty longer than the standard 10 years is likely to be of very high quality and the LG panels available in Australia are no exception. If you are willing to pay perhaps 25% more than you would for a tier 1 panel with a standard 10 year warranty for extra peace of mind, then LG panels could certainly suit you.
Bought From: Great Southern Solar Review Date: 8 January 2016
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 3 November 2015
|Very good from efficiency perspective. Space limitations meant we used the newer neon 315w panels. ($$)
Bought From: Glen Clark and Co Review Date: 18 November 2015
|Great when sun is out, but never get to full claimed 315 watt per panel ( x 14)
Bought From: Northern Sky Electrical Review Date: 4 October 2015
Bought From: SolarHub Review Date: 15 September 2015
Bought From: True North Solar Review Date: 25 September 2015
Bought From: SolarHub Review Date: 22 September 2015
|Even on cloudy days I fully cover my usage.
Bought From: SolarLink Review Date: 30 August 2015
Bought From: SolarHub Review Date: 21 August 2015
|These panels are mono-crystalline 275 watts each. The size of my system is 3.03 KW
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 4 August 2015
Bought From: SolarPro Review Date: 9 April 2015
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 23 July 2015
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 16 July 2015
|Living in a nicely treed environment, the combination of efficient panels and good quality micro-inverters ensures that we are getting good production figures.
Bought From: Solar Electric Review Date: 29 June 2015
Bought From: SolarLink Review Date: 6 July 2015
Bought From: True North Solar Review Date: 9 June 2015
|300w but choice mag says they prod 305w.
Bought From: Glen Clark and Co Review Date: 12 March 2015
Bought From: SolarLink Review Date: 12 March 2015
|275watt panels. Total of about 3.6kw. 13 panels.
Bought From: Aussie Made Solar Review Date: 27 February 2015
Bought From: Glen Clark and Co Review Date: 17 February 2015
Bought From: Energy Base Review Date: 16 March 2015
|They are 275w compared to the standard 250/255w meaning we are generating more power for the same roof space as similar sized panels and can achieve a better return on limited space.
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 16 February 2015
|I have only had my solar panels since 29-05-2014, but so far all good and have not needed any service.
Bought From: MPV Group Review Date: 20 June 2014
Bought From: SolarLink Review Date: 25 May 2014
Bought From: Geelong Solar Energy Review Date: 23 April 2014
Bought From: Future Sustainability QLD Review Date: 20 March 2012
|Not sure of the brand but is one recommended by Mannix.
Bought From: Mannix Solar Review Date: 19 April 2012
Bought From: Cablelogic previously Renewable Logic Review Date: 27 July 2011
LG has 81 solar panels in our database
|Model||Type||Size||PTC||Performance Ratio||Californian Approved|
|LG210P1W-G1 (60 cells)||Polycrystalline||210||189||89.95||Yes|
|LG215P1W-G1 (60 cells)||Polycrystalline||215||194||90.00||Yes|
|LG220P1W-G1 (60 cells)||Polycrystalline||220||198||90.05||Yes|
|LG220R1C-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||220||193||87.82||Yes|
|LG220R1W-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||220||193||87.82||Yes|
|LG225P1W-G1 (60 cells)||Polycrystalline||225||203||90.13||Yes|
|LG225R1C-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||225||198||87.87||Yes|
|LG225R1W-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||225||198||87.87||Yes|
|LG230P1W-G1 (60 cells)||Polycrystalline||230||207||90.17||Yes|
|LG230R1C-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||230||202||87.91||Yes|
|LG230R1W-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||230||202||87.91||Yes|
|LG235R1C-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||235||207||88.00||Yes|
|LG235R1W-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||235||207||88.00||Yes|
|LG240R1C-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||240||211||88.04||Yes|
|LG240R1W-G2 (60 Poly cells)||Polycrystalline||240||211||88.04||Yes|
|LG245S1C-G2 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||245||221||90.00||Yes|
|LG250S1C-G2 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||250||225||90.08||Yes|
|LG250S1K-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||250||226||90.28||Yes|
|LG250S1K-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||250||227||90.96||Yes|
|LG255S1C-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||255||231||90.63||Yes|
|LG255S1C-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||255||234||91.69||Yes|
|LG255S1C-G2 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||255||230||90.12||Yes|
|LG255S1K-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||255||230||90.31||Yes|
|LG255S1K-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||255||232||90.98||Yes|
|LG255S1W-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||255||231||90.63||Yes|
|LG260S1C-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||260||236||90.69||Yes|
|LG260S1C-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||260||239||91.73||Yes|
|LG260S1C-G2 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||260||234||90.15||Yes|
|LG260S1K-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||260||235||90.35||Yes|
|LG260S1K-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||260||237||91.04||Yes|
|LG260S1W-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||260||236||90.69||Yes|
|LG260S1W-G2 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||260||230||88.62||Yes|
|LG265S1C-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||265||240||90.72||Yes|
|LG265S1C-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||265||243||91.77||Yes|
|LG265S1K-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||265||240||90.42||Yes|
|LG265S1K-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||265||241||91.09||Yes|
|LG265S1W-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||265||240||90.72||Yes|
|LG270N1C-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||270||244||90.52||Yes|
|LG270N1W-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||270||244||90.52||Yes|
|LG270S1C-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||270||245||90.78||Yes|
|LG270S1C-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||270||248||91.81||Yes|
|LG270S1W-A3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||270||245||90.78||Yes|
|LG275N1C-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||275||249||90.58||Yes|
|LG275N1K-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||275||248||90.18||Yes|
|LG275N1W-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||275||249||90.58||Yes|
|LG275S1C-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||275||253||91.85||Yes|
|LG280N1C-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||280||258||92.00||Yes|
|LG280N1K-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||280||253||90.21||Yes|
|LG280N1W-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||280||258||92.00||Yes|
|LG280S1C-B3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||280||254||90.54||Yes|
|LG285N1C-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||285||260||91.05||Yes|
|LG285N1C-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||285||262||92.04||Yes|
|LG285N1K-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||285||257||90.28||Yes|
|LG285N1W-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||285||260||91.05||Yes|
|LG285N1W-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||285||262||92.04||Yes|
|LG290N1C-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||290||265||91.41||Yes|
|LG290N1C-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||290||267||92.07||Yes|
|LG290N1K-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||290||262||90.31||Yes|
|LG290N1W-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||290||265||91.41||Yes|
|LG290N1W-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||290||267||92.07||Yes|
|LG295N1C-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||295||270||91.46||Yes|
|LG295N1C-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||295||272||92.14||Yes|
|LG295N1K-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||295||267||90.37||Yes|
|LG295N1W-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||295||270||91.46||Yes|
|LG295N1W-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||295||272||92.14||Yes|
|LG300N1C-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||300||275||91.50||Yes|
|LG300N1C-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||300||277||92.17||Yes|
|LG300N1W-A3 (60 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||300||275||91.50||Yes|
|LG300N1W-G3 (60 Mono cells)||Monocrystalline||300||277||92.17||Yes|