LG Electronics Selected as Official Solar Partner at Greenbuild

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), presenter of Greenbuild, the world’s premier sustainability and green building conference, selected LG Electronics USA as official solar partner for the 2015 trade show in Washington, D.C.

The centerpiece of the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the “Net Zero Zone,” where LG solar panels are powering exhibit booths as part of an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution. Thanks to solar panels from LG and others, the Net Zero Zone showcases the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of hybrid microgrids using EMerge Alliance direct current standards.

LG Solar’s flagship LG NeON 2 panels located outside the Washington Convention Center are designed to produce superior power performance and improved reliability. Due to LG’s “Cello” (which stands for Cell connection, Electrically, Low loss, Low stress and Optical absorption enhancement) technology, the LG NeON 2 was recognized this year for its “groundbreaking and technological innovation,” with the InterSolar Europe Award for Photovoltaics.

Ideally suited to power the Net Zero Zone, the LG NeON 2 can achieve higher power output with 60 cells than most 72-cell modules. The 320W NeON 2 boasts 6.4 kWp capacity with 20 modules (60 cells), higher than other 60-cell modules. Of special interest to architects and builders attending Greenbuild, the LG NeON 2 is ideal for those who want to maximize the energy production potential within a limited rooftop space.

In addition to LG’s role as Platinum Sponsor for Greenbuild 2015, LG is a technology provider for the “Growing Green Center” exhibit. Commissioned by USGBC and the Baltimore nonprofit Parks & People Foundation, in partnership with Building Design + Construction magazine, the exhibit is a sustainable modular training center featured at the two-day expo.

LG products designed with the environment in mind are integrated throughout the facility. Complementing the ENERGY STAR-certified appliances and electronics in the Growing Green Center, the exhibit highlights LG’s air conditioning systems and home comfort solutions that deliver powerful energy-efficient results for today’s savvy architects, engineers and consumers.

LG’s major presence at Greenbuild comes on the heels of the USGBC’s New Jersey Chapter honoring the company for “outstanding achievement and best practices in green building and sustainability.” As USGBC NJ’s top 2015 honoree, LG has been recognized for its corporate culture of environmental sustainability and for its $300-million LEED Platinum North American headquarters building project planned in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., that will the benefit of LG and the state of New Jersey, while protecting the iconic vistas and integrity of the national natural and historic landmark known as Palisades Park.

LG Electronics and Borrego Solar Systems Expand Collaboration to Install Solar Modules

LG Electronics USA and Borrego Solar Systems Inc. are expanding their collaboration for installation of LG’s high-efficiency solar modules to the U.S. commercial market.

Under their expanded agreement, LG will supply 135 megawatts (MW) of its LG Mono X NeON modules, including 60- and 72-cell NeON 2 modules, through 2016 to Borrego Solar, which will sell to the commercial sector as an LG-preferred strategic commercial integrator in North America.

The collaboration aligns with the market’s maturation and the growing deployment of higher efficiency products for the commercial market. This agreement will enable LG to supply even more of its high-quality, reliable, high-efficiency modules to its North American commercial customers. The expanded agreement also adds a greater number of LG products to Borrego Solar’s portfolio.

Aaron Hall, president of Borrego Solar Systems, says: “In these turbulent times Borrego Solar is able to provide options to our customers that leverage LG’s financial and brand strengths, while providing a superior technology that outperforms the competition. We’re pleased LG has reaffirmed its confidence in Borrego Solar to deploy its products in the U.S. commercial market.”

Building on the success of its 60-cell modules, LG will introduce its first 72-cell Mono X NeON modules this fall. In addition to the advent of new 360- and 365-watt 72-cell modules, LG’s more efficient cell technology now enables LG modules to reach up to 18.4 percent and 18.6 percent module efficiency, respectively, compared to other modules that deliver an efficiency of approximately 16 percent.

Hall says the new LG cells not only pack more power into the same physical space, but they also improve upon an already superior performing technology in terms of kilowatt hours produced per watt installed. In other words, 1 MW of LG modules will produce more power than 1 MW of most other modules available on the market. As a result of the cell’s superior performance with lower allowable annual degradation amounts, LG is offering a 12-year product warranty.

“LG and Borrego Solar share a common vision for serving the ever-growing U.S. commercial solar market,” says Ellen Kim, senior vice president of LG Electronics USA’s Energy Solutions business. “We expect strong results from the combination of LG’s innovations and Borrego Solar’s expertise as a commercial integrator.”