Honda Soltec Co., Ltd., Honda’s wholly-owned solar cell subsidiary, has begun sales of thin film solar cells produced by Honda Engineering Co., Ltd., primarily in the Kanto area, Japan, through distributors which also provide solar cell installation service. Honda is the first automaker to produce and sell solar cells.
The thin film solar cell developed independently by Honda uses thin film made from a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS). (Earlier post.) Starting from this fall, Honda Soltec will mass produce solar cells at the new plant with annual capacity of 27.5 megawatts.
The modules have a maximum output of 125W, based on solar radiation intensity of 1kW/m2 and a module temperature of 25° Celsius. The modules are 1,417mm × 791mm × 37mm and weight 14.3 kg.
Suggested retail price, including tax, is ¥60,375 (US$496).