LG, Enphase roll out microinverter-enabled AC module

This morning, LG Electronics USA and Enphase Energy jointly unveiled a new AC module integrated with Enphase’s new IQ 6 microinverter at the InterSolar show in San Francisco.

LG NeON 2 ACe utilizes new cello technology, which replaces the industry standard of three busbars with 30 thin wires, which LG says enhances output and reliability. The plug-and-play connections on the microinverter help reduce installation time by half compared with an optimizer solution, according to Paul Nahi, the CEO of Enphase Energy, who demonstrated the product this morning.

This new combination is the first product coming out of the LG-Enphase cooperation that was announced last year at InterSolar. “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, said Stephen Hahm, vice president and head of LG Electronics USA’s Energy Solutions business.”

“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,” Nahi said.

Installation of the integrated unit is a two-step roof installation process, lifting the microinverter out of the flat shipping position and connecting the cable, eliminating the need to install the two products separately.

A 15mm separation between the DC module and the microinverter mitigates any impact to performance and reliability by allowing sufficient air-flow for cooling, LG said in a statement.

The NeON 2 ACe with a 12-year unit warranty and the microinverter comes with a 25-year warranty. LG Electronics is committed to exceeding customer’s values and expectations beyond efficiency.

“We are now cost competitive with any optimizer solution on the market,” said Nahi. “What we said last year is that we would reduce costs by 50% by the end of this year, and we may be a few months late, but we will get there,” he said.