LG launches first bifacial solar panel in Australia

LG Electronics (LG) has announced it will introduce two-sided solar panels to the Australian market later this year.

The NeON 2 BiFacial – featuring technology that enables light to be harvested from both sides of the panel – is a milestone for the Korean company, whose standard modules have been popular in Australia for several years.

Featuring a peak capacity of 300W, the double-sided panel makes use of a clear backsheet, which replaces the black or white backing used on standard LG solar modules. The transparent sheet exposes the underside of the solar cell to the light that is reflected from the surface below the panel, producing up to 27 per cent more energy than conventional modules in optimised installation conditions.

For installations where the panels have some space behind them (for example, in solar car ports, ground-mount installations or rooftop systems with panels on tilt frames), this design translates into a boost to energy yields. In some situations, panels may even be mounted upright to collect morning and afternoon sun with opposite sides.

The design also makes the panels more effective in low light conditions, such as early mornings, late afternoons and on cloudy days

LG Australia marketing manager for solar Russ Prendergast said the company’s solar business has grown steadily in the past few years, pushing R&D in the renewable energy space.

“Highly efficient panels make solar an accessible option to more people as it’s possible to generate more power in a smaller area – ideal for those with little roof space,” he said.

“This level of productivity also means the panels are a great option for those thinking ahead and planning for storage batteries or system expansions at a later date. The renewable energy industry continues to advance at a rapid pace and it is key for those investing in solar now, to think long-term when selecting a solution.”