LG Solar USA History

LG Electronics Inc. is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances.

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

LG considers the solar power business a considerable new growth engine of the LG Group. The success of our division materialized in the construction and operation of a 14MW scaled solar power plant in Taean, Korea in 2008, and is responsible for the supply of wafers through Siltron, a subsidiary company. Today, LG Solar is on the forefront of product development for all aspects of solar usage, from residential, to commercial to utility grade.


1958

- Founded as GoldStar

1985

- GoldStar Electronics conducts its first solar cell multicrystalline R&D

1988

- GoldStar Industrial Systems develops its portable solar cell technology called 'Solar Lantern'

1989

- GoldStar Central R&D Lab and Lucky Chemical develop their solar cell manufacturing technology
- GoldStar Industrial Systems establishes photovoltaic power plants

1992

- GoldStar Electronics applies and qualifies to manufacture heaters and solar panels that operate on naturally circulating solar heat

1995

- LG Industrial Systems sets up PV traffic signs - LG Industrial Systems establishes PV clock towers

1998

- LG Industrial Systems establishes 17 PV streetlights in Incheon parks, Korea

1999

- LG Industrial Systems establishes PV power generation systems at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

2005

- LG Chemical conducts its solar cell polycrystalline R&D

2007

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

2008

- Solar Cell Research Team in LG Chemical integrates with LG Electronics

2009

- LG Electronics constructs PV cell and module factories in Gumi, Korea - LG Electronics Solar Test Lab is certified by TÜV and UL

2010

- Mass production begins

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