Honda announced the installation of a 9 kilowatt-capacity solar power generation system at the Adachi Odai location of the Honda Cars Tokyo Chuo dealer network. The installation kicks off a project to install Honda Soltec solar power generation systems with a total capacity of 1 megawatt at Honda automobile dealership locations in Japan by March 31, 2014. Striving to realize a low carbon society, Honda has been installing solar power generation systems at Honda operations in Japan. The combined capacity of solar power generation systems installed to date has reached 3.3 megawatts, the largest in Japan among all automakers operating. Furthermore, Honda is planning to install a 2.6-megawatt Honda Soltec solar power generation system to the new Yorii Plant, which is scheduled to become operational in 2013. This will be the largest solar power generation system installed at an automobile production plant in Japan.
Honda Soltec’s CIGS thin-film solar cells require significantly less energy during the manufacturing process and generate more electricity even during cloudy weather or morning and evening hours compared to crystalline silicon solar cells. The CO2 reduction effect of the planned installation of 1 megawatt of solar power generation system to dealership locations is estimated to be approximately 310 tons. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions during production and the use of its motorcycles, automobiles and power products, Honda is focused on the evolution of household energy creation products including its household gas-engine cogeneration units and thin-film solar cells with a vision to realize the Joy and Freedom of Mobility and a Sustainable Society where People Can Enjoy Life.