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Honda Soltec Begins Sales of New Residential-use Solar Cell Module
Two Types of Module Offer Maximum Output of 130W and 120W;
Power Conditioner Has Rated Output of 5.5kW

TOKYO, Japan, August 6, 2010 - Honda Soltec Co., Ltd., Honda's wholly-owned solar cell subsidiary, today began sales of two new residential-use solar cell modules with maximum output of 130W and 120W respectively, as well as a power conditioner with rated output of 5.5kW, adding to its lineup of home-use modules.

Honda Soltec has advanced its solar cell production technology to improve the quality of the electricity-generating layer.?As a result, the new residential-use solar cell module with maximum output of 130W achieves solar energy conversion efficiency of 11.6%*1, which is the highest among CIGS-based solar cells currently being sold in Japan. In order to meet the diversified needs of its customers, Honda Soltec is also enhancing its product lineup with the addition of a residential-use solar cell module with maximum output of 120W and a large-capacity power conditioner with rated output of 5.5 kW.

Honda Soltec’s solar cells use thin film made from a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS), making it environmentally responsible both in the manufacturing process and in use. The company began production and sales of solar cell modules for residential use in 2007 and for public/industrial use in 2008. Before the new addition, Honda Soltec’s product lineup included two types of residential-use solar cell modules with maximum output of 125W and 115W respectively – and one type of power conditioner with a rated output of 4.0kW. The company will continue sales of these products along with the new products introduced today.

To date, Honda Soltec has sold residential-use solar cell modules to approximately 2,250 homes through home builders and contractors. The company has installed public/industrial-use solar cells to approximately 120 buildings including Hanshin Koshien Stadium, warehouse of logistics centers and hospitals, etc. In an environment of increasing demand, the company will expand its business to regions outside Japan in the future.

[ Specifications of new products ]
Product Residential-use solar cell module
HEM120PCA HEM130PCA
Type CIGS
Nominal maximum output
per module (W)
120*2 130*2
External dimensions (mm)
width x length x height
1,417 x 791 x 37
Conversion efficiency (%) 10.7%*2 11.6%*2
Weight (kg) 14.3
Manufacturer's suggested retail price including tax
(price exclusive of tax)
54,495 yen
(51,900 yen)
62,790 yen
(59,800 yen)
 
Product Power conditioner
HEP055S
Rated capacity AC (kW) 5.5
External dimensions (mm)
width x length x height
580 x 162 x 280
Weight (kg) 18.5
Manufacturer's suggested retail price including tax (price exclusive of tax) 346,500 yen
(330,000 yen)


*1 Honda calculations
*2 These figures were measured by Honda under the conditions of AM1.5, solar radiation intensity of 1kW/m2, and module temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. The actual figures?will differ depending on solar radiation intensity, installation conditions (direction, angle, surrounding environment), geographical area, and temperature conditions.

[ About Honda Soltec Co., Ltd. ]
Establishment: December 1, 2006
Headquarters Location: 2042 Hirakawa, Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto
(Within Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Kumamoto Factory)
Sales Office Location: Wako, Saitama; Osaka, Osaka; Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto
Capital Investment: 4 billion yen
Capitalization ratio: 100% Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
President: Akio Kazusa
Employment: Approximately 180 associates
Production Capacity: Approximately 27.5MW
(approx. for 9,000 houses with 3kW system)