Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R side by side. Comparing solar panel technologies may just be the most difficult aspect when selecting a solar power system. With so many options and technology variants available, how are you to know what truly is the best solution beyond all the noise? Be guided by the data and the specifications of what’s important to you.

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Make: Sunpower vs LG Solar.

Model: X-Series vs LG NeON R.

Variants: 360W | 370.

Cell quantity: 96 Cells vs 60 Cells.

 

GREATER THAN 3.3 IS A VERY GOOD SCORE. The following content for the Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R should be used as a guide only. Individual circumstances and compatibilities should always be taken into account when selecting the right solar panel for any given installation. This content has been built using the Solar Review Module Assessment Criteria 2.0 and above based on available product specifications at the time of writing. 

Design.

Design is what defines a particular solar panels energy production characteristics to assist greater yeild through innovation and advancement. 

Design Overall: Derived from the industries best specifications in each Solar Review module design sub-category, the side by side combined average for Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is as follows:

Sunpower

X-Series
  • Maxeon cell.
  • Rear cell connection.
  • Rear contact enhanced.
  • Glass-laminate (White).
  • Innovative.
  • InterSolar award.
  • TÜV Reihnland certified.

LG

NeON R
  • N-Type mono cell.
  • Rear cell connection.
  • Rear contact enhanced.
  • Glass-laminate (White).
  • Innovative.
  • InterSolar award.
  • TÜV Reihnland certified.

Durability.

On the front line of your new self sufficient power supply, durability of a solar panel assists greater reliability in return on investment in energy saving through the likelihood of more stable life expectancy in variable environments.

Durability Overall: Derived from the industries most notable qualities in each Solar Review module durability sub-category, the side by side combined average for Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is as follows:

Sunpower

X-Series
  • Snow load 6000Pa.
  • Front wind load 7000Pa (G3 frame).
  • Rear wind load 3000Pa.
  • Damp heat testing 6000Hrs.
  • Thermal cycle testing 800+Hrs.
  • PID Free.
  • Salt mist resistance certification
    IEC 61701 (Severity 6).
  • Amonia resistance certification
    IEC 62701.
  • 25mm hail impact at 23m/s.

LG

NeON R
  • Snow load 6000Pa.
  • Front wind load 6000Pa.
  • Rear wind load 5000Pa.
  • Damp heat testing 4000Hrs.
  • Thermal cycle testing 800+Hrs.
  • PID Free.
  • Salt mist resistance certification
    IEC 61701 (Severity 6).
  • Amonia resistance certification
    IEC 62701.
  • 35mm hail impact 23m/s.

Efficiency.

With limited available space, efficiency is key. More power from the nominated surface area is derived from the key criteria of solar panel efficiency.

Efficiency Overall: Derived from the industries greatest commercially available efficiency ratings, the side by side combined average for Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is as follows:

Sunpower

X-Series
  • 22% Maximum module efficiency.
  • -0.29%°C Temperature coefficient.
  • 0/5% Power tolerance.

LG

NeON R
  • 20% Maximum module efficiency.
  • -0.29%°C Temperature coefficient.
  • 0/3% Power tolerance.

Performance.

Performance is based on how well the the nominated solar panel technology should retain its specification and power class over time as guaranteed by the manufacturer. 

Performance Overall: Derived from the industries best performance guarantees in each Solar Review module performance sub-category, the side by side combined average for Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is as follows:

Sunpower

X-Series
  • 2% degradation in the 1st year.
  • 0.2% degradation per annum.
  • 25-year linear performance warranty.
  • Parts & labour performance warranty.

LG

NeON R
  • 2% degradation in the 1st year.
  • 0.2% degradation per annum.
  • 25-year linear performance warranty.
  • Parts & labour performance warranty.

Guarantee.

As guarantee obligations can often be shielded by installer incompetence, should a solar panel manufacturer define an adequately trained installer network with a complimentary warranty extension (added end-user benefit), such guarantee has been considered as a base warranty more likely of adhering manufacturer installation specifications.

Important: A manufacturers obligations under guarantee will be obsolete if the solar panel is not installed to manufacturer specifications. Use an authorised installer.

Guarantee Overall: Derived from the industries greatest base guarantees in each Solar Review module guarantee sub-category, the side by side combined average for Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is as follows:

Sunpower

X-Series
  • 25-year warranty.
  • Parts & labour warranty.
  • Authorised installer network with additional end-user benefits.

LG

NeON R
  • 25-year warranty.
  • Parts & labour warranty.
  • Authorised installer network with no additional end-user benefits.

Affordability.

All well and good having the greatest technology, but what if that technology is simply out of reach for most? Adversely, the cheapest product may lack essential capabilities expected by many end-users. Put price into perspective. Affordability is where price and technology come together to help determine value.

Affordability Overall: Derived from the comparative industry price points, module affordability is a combination of technology for price, the side by side combined average for Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is as follows:

Sunpower

X-Series
  • Outstanding technology score.
  • $0.85 per watt USD ex.

LG

NeON R
  • Exceptional technology score.
  • $0.85 per watt USD ex.

OVERALL.

The below overall comparison for the Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is broken up into two final scores.

  • Overall technology ranking; the average of design, features, performance, guarantee and software (for those less concerned about price).
  • Overall ranking; the average of design, features, performance, guarantee, software and affordability. 

Overall: The final average of each Solar Review Module Assessment Criteria category. Out of 5, side by side the combined average for the Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R is as follows:

Sunpower

X-Series
  • Design 4.9
  • Durability 4.6
  • Efficiency 5.0
  • Performance 4.8
  • Guarantee 4.8
  • Technology 4.8
  • Affordability 3.6

LG

LG NeON R
  • Design 4.9
  • Durability 4.7
  • Efficiency 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Guarantee 4.3
  • Technology 4.7
  • Affordability 3.6

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Insight:

How was the score for the Sunpower X-Series vs LG NeON R calculated? By utilising the Solar Review Module Assessment Criteria V2.3 >

3 COMMENTS

  1. The wind load numbers you have are not correct. The X22-360w has a cyclone rating of 7000pa. And the price information is inaccurate the two panels when offered in a system are likely to The the same. Sunpower can be cheaper when offers by a top line Sunpower partner.

    • Thanks for this guidance Simon. Information on SR is compiled using what is considered publically available at the time of collaboration. Since the article release, similar pricing guidance has been advised and thank you for confirming this. All prices contain a buffer for public viewing while remaining relevant to what can be publically sourced. You are correct regarding the 7000pa rating with the G3 frame and this post has now been updated to reflect such. In the near future, all posts released will have supporting resources attached for additional review and updating requirements. Thanks again.

  2. You’re kidding yourself if you think LG is more durable than Sunpower.

    – SunPower has Maxeon cells with a solid copper foundation.
    – The LG NeON-R only has ribbons running across the back of the cell.

    You can watch a Cell Breakage video comparing SunPower and LG cells on the SunPower website.
    http://www.sunpower.com.au/solar-panel-products/sunpower-maxeon-solar-panels

    – SunPower has 3.2mm glass
    – LG has 2.8mm glass. This allows more flex in dynamic load conditions with the potential to cause micro-cracks

    – SunPower is more shade tolerant and the warranty doesn’t exclude damage caused by prolonged shading.

    – And your warranted annual degradation rates are wrong.

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