LG Electronics (LG) and Enphase Energy have agreed to integrate Enphase’s microinverter technology into LG Electronics’ new generation of AC solar modules (ACM) for the global solar market.
The LG high-performance backsheet-integrated ACM will incorporate Enphase’s next-generation S-series microinverter with LG’s high-efficiency NeON 2 PV panels. Initial shipments of the LG-Enphase ACMs are expected to begin in the second half of 2016.
“Large solar distributors, installers and fleet owners want a reliable, low-cost, high-performance AC module product,” said Stefan Zschiegner, vice president of product management at Enphase. “Pairing LG’s NeON 2 modules with Enphase’s advanced S-series microinverters will create an ACM that works with our smart home energy solution. The LG-Enphase ACM will simplify the supply chain, reduce capital and labor costs, and shorten the design and installation process.”
“The factory integration of LG’s NeON 2 modules next year with the Enphase microinverter system is expected to provide the high level module quality and performance desired today by distributors and installers,” said Ellen Kim, senior vice president of energy solutions, LG Electronics USA. “With a single SKU for the module and inverter, simplified warranty process, and one-stop after-sales technical support, the LG-Enphase ACM also will offer asset management advantages.”
The LG-Enphase ACM collaboration brings together two solar industry pacesetters. LG has become a leading innovator in the high-power PV module sector, while Enphase has established itself as the top residential inverter and module-level power electronics company in the United States.
The LG NeON 2 is the latest addition to the company’s family of high-efficiency PV modules. Based on LG’s monocrystalline Cello technology, the 60-cell LG NeON 2 offers a peak output of up to 320 watts. The LG NeON 2 recently won the Intersolar Award 2015 for excellence in the PV module category.
The advanced, smart grid-ready Enphase S-Series Microinverter is designed to meet current and future requirements for distributed solar on utility networks, including the Rule 21 tariff in California. The fully bidirectional, software-defined microinverter system supports reactive power control and other advanced grid functionalities.