LG, Enphase Introduce AC Solar Panel for Rooftops

LG, Enphase Introduce AC Solar Panel for Rooftops

by on in Photovoltaic Technology, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Solar Power

Solar panels usually produce DC electricity. Multiple panels are connected together and then the combined output is converted by an inverter into AC electricity like that used in homes. LG has partnered with Enphase Energy to introduce its NeON 2 ACe, AC solar panels using Enphase microinverters to cut installation time by half and help all solar panels in an array produce as much energy as possible.  

"We're committed to expanding the possibilities the solar industry has to offer and dedicated to delivering products that appeal to the consumer in every aspect," said Stephen Hahm, vice president and head of LG Electronics USA's Energy Solutions business. "Our alliance with Enphase has allowed us to streamline the process for consumers, appealing to a wider consumer base while still delivering the efficiency consumers expect from LG."

LG and Enphase partnered for the first time a year ago, according to the companies. The new LG NeON 2 ACe is the first fruit of that collaboration for home solar, LG stated. Other companies have previously partnered with Enphase and other microinvertor manufacturers as well to produce AC solar panels.

The new panels can make the installation process into a two-step process, basically just moving the panel and microinverter out of the box and into place and connecting the cable to the system. The microinverters report and can be managed remotely to ensure each panel produces as much energy as possible and the system can be controlled from internet-connected devices allowed access to the system.

Paul Nahi, president and CEO of Enphase Energy, said, "Enphase was founded with the vision of making solar simple, and energy smart. Our collaboration with LG on this Enphase Energized AC module is another example of how we are executing on that vision."

The devices also feature a new thin-wire surface technology LG is calling cello. It replaces the the three wires that usually cover solar cells with 30 thinner surface wires, which it said enhances model efficiency. The panels have an 19.3 percent energy conversion efficiency, which makes them among the more efficient, commercially available solar panels.

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