LG, SolarEdge Developing Smart PV Module

SolarEdge Technologies Inc., a provider of PV inverters, power optimizers and module-level monitoring services, and solar panel manufacturer LG Electronics USA have introduced a smart module for the residential and commercial PV rooftop markets in North America.

The package combines SolarEdge’s inverters with LG’s NeON R modules (with module efficiency up to 21.1%), P370 and P800 power optimizers for residential and commercial installations respectively, as well as free module-level monitoring. Benefits include no power clipping, increased efficiency, flexible array design and a multitude of racking options.

LG’s NeON R series offers a 25-year complete coverage warranty, giving homeowners a hassle-free asset for the lifetime of the system. With enhanced design aesthetics, the modules feature a back contact technology. The residential version is compatible with SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverters, StorEdge solution, and Inverter-Integrated EV chargers. The module-level monitoring can be easily connected through hard-wired Internet or a cellular network. The solution complies with the latest safety standards, such as NEC 2017, and smart-inverter protocols, for example Rule 21.

The LG NeON R modules with add-on power optimizers are available now, and the smart module will be introduced at a later date.

“The PV industry is moving rapidly toward module-level power optimization to meet the cost, safety and performance requirements of the market. Adding the SolarEdge solution to our product portfolio will help us better serve our customers,” says Stephen Hahm, vice president and head of LG Electronics USA’s Energy Solutions Business.

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