LG solar history milestones

In 2004, the LG business group prepared for solar module mass production by consolidating several solar research laboratories under the LG Electronics umbrella. Using decades of research and development experience, LG Electronics broke ground on its first solar cell and module factory soon after.

LG Electronics considers the solar power business a strategic growth area for the LG Group. The 1stmajor success of the solar division materialised with the construction and operation of a 14MW scaled solar power plant in Taean, Korea in 2008. LG was also responsible for the supply of wafers for this project through LG Siltron, a subsidiary company.Today, our solar unit is at the forefront of product development for solar panels, both for residential and commercial usage.

1958  Founded as GoldStar

1985  GoldStar Electronics conducts its first solar cell multicrystalline research

1988  GoldStar Industrial Systems develops its portable solar cell technology called “Solar Lantern”

1989  GoldStar Central R&D Lab develop their solar cell manufacturing technology

1989  GoldStar Industrial Systems establishes photovoltaic power plants

1992  GoldStar Electronics manufactures heaters and panels operating on naturally circulating solar heat

1995  LG Industrial Systems sets up PV traffic signs and establishes PV clock towers

1998  LG Industrial Systems ( LG IS) installs PV streetlights as in Incheon parks, Korea

1999  LG IS installs PV systems at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 

2005  LG Chemical conducts R&D on its polycrystalline solar cell

2007  LG Solar Energy operates its first 14MW solar farm in Taean, Korea

2008  The Solar Cell Research Team at LG Chemical integrates with LG Electronics

2009  LG Electronics constructs PV cell and module factories in Gumi, Korea

2009  LG Electronics Solar Test Lab is certified by TÜV and UL

2009  LG solar panel mass production begins

2013  The LG NeON 300W solar panel wins the Inter Solar Photovoltaic Award in Munich, Germany