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Back on July 14th, Takuji Yamada, Honda's chief operating officer of power product operations, made it known the Japanese automaker sees solar gas cogeneration technology as its "third pillar." What are the first two? Passenger vehicles and motorcycles, which means that cogeneration is about to become a very big deal indeed for Honda.

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Honda Motor Company announced yesterday the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary that will make and sell thin film solar cells. This company, Honda Soltec Co. Ltd., will be housed within Honda's Kumamoto factory in Kikuchi-gun, Japan. Honda started building a solar cell manufacturing plant there in September and the plant should be operational by next fall with a production capacity of 27.5 megawatts a year. You can read the full press release after the jump.