LG Electronics and Enphase Energy, Inc. have agreed to integrate Enphase's microinverter technology into LG Electronics' new generation of AC solar modules for the global solar market.
The LG backsheet-integrated ACM will incorporate Enphase's S-series microinverter with LG's high-efficiency NeON 2 photovoltaic (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."