Honda Motor Co. is taking a different approach to global warming. The company will start mass producing solar cells in 2007, it said last week.
Japan's third-biggest automaker said in a statement that it will build a factory for solar cells on the site of a car plant on the Japanese island of Kyushu, Reuters reported.
The company aims to generate annual sales of 5 billion to 8 billion yen (about $42.6 million to $68.2 million) from solar cells when the factory reaches full annual output of 27.5 megawatts -- enough to power about 8,000 households.
Honda said its solar cells would be made of nonsilicon compound materials, consuming half as much energy and generating 50 percent less carbon dioxide during production when compared with conventional solar cells made from silicon.
The company aims to sell the solar cells for residential and industrial use.