When it comes to choosing solar equipment to offer our customers, we want to make sure we select brands that are established in the community and share our high standards of quality. With thousands of brands to choose from, we want to ensure our customers that the products we’re using for their remodel or solar installation will LAST the test of time and be a good investment for their home.
Today we want to highlight the solar brand we have selected to work with: LG. You may be more familiar with them regarding your appliances or home electronics, but LG has been involved in the solar industry for over 30 years. Solar Pro at the Poulin Design Center is your local LG Pro, supplying you with the latest innovations of solar technology that the industry has to offer.
Before we dive deep into why we chose LG, we would like to give a very brief history of solar being available for homeowners.
Brief History of Solar
Solar has been developing since the 1800s and was recently introduced to consumers in the 1970s. When solar first came out, it was very expensive, starting at $76.00 per watt! For comparison, solar now costs about $2-4 per watt, depending on the quality and brand used.
As a company that has been in business almost as long as solar has been around for consumers, we want to make sure we partner with companies that we trust and are established in the industry.
LG is Established in Solar
One of the biggest reasons we have chosen to partner with LG, over other brands is their longevity. LG is a multi-billion-dollar worldwide company with a good reputation. In solar, there are many emerging brands, some that stay for a while and others that disappear almost as fast as they appeared.
We have even sold a few of these disappearing brands to our customers and quickly realized that we don’t want to affiliate with a brand that could be here today and gone tomorrow, plus lose the warranty they promised. This is why we have chosen to use panels by LG—an established and diversified brand with 30+ years’ experience in solar. Even if their solar division dissipates (which we don’t foresee), the brand won’t be leaving, and they will honor their warranties.
LG has been innovating in the solar industry and has award-winning panels.
A few of their awards include the Intersolar Awards for their Cello Technology™ and BiFacial technology; Judges’ Choice Award from Energy Manager Today in 2018 for the NeON® R modules; The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized LG with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award the same year.
The technology developments not only make their panels a smarter choice but help push the entire industry to have more efficient panels. The panels from LG are top-quality and retain 90.8% of their efficiency after 25 years! Additionally, they are designed to give more power, which in turn minimizes the number of panels installed on your roof—saving you more money on your power bill.
Just one of the many reasons we stand behind this product, as well as the warranty they have on their panels.
Part of the decision of which panels to buy for your home should include the warranty. LG leads the industry with a triple 25-year warranty:
- 25-year Product
- 25-year Performance
- 25-year Labor
In the rare case of needing a repair on a panel, LG will pay up to $450 for labor, so you don’t have to spend money out of your pocket.
LG’s roots date back to 1947, so you’ve got a company with a LONG track record of success backing your warranty.
LG Uses Their Own Solar
In addition to all of the above, it is important to note that LG actually uses solar for its business—they believe in the power of solar for you personally and on a corporate level they demonstrate their belief by using it! In 2014 LG installed 3.2MW of solar power in South Korea and have installed over 18MW in their other manufacturing facilities. LG also has a US manufacturing plant in Huntsville, AL, creating 400 jobs for the US in 2019. See video here.
Additionally, LG recently completed and moved into its new North American HQ in New Jersey, a 15-acre LEED Platinum certified facility that includes 1.3Mw of LG NeON®2 solar panels on its roof and parking structure.
We love that they believe in using solar, just like our company, which made the decision to install solar power for our business in 2019 at the Poulin Design Center. Both owners of Poulin Solar Pro, Tom and Steve Poulin have installed solar for their own homes and truly believe in the innovation that solar provides for their customers.
LG and Solar Pro both believe in solar, but “practice what they preach.”
It matters to us what companies we stand behind since we have a reputation to uphold in New Mexico. We have been locally owned and trusted since 1982, and want to make sure we serve our community the right way with the right products.
To read more about the benefits of LG Panels, click below to download their full list of innovations.