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Announcement on the construction of the second CIS photovoltaic module factory

Showa Shell Solar K.K., a 100% subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., has decided to construct the second CIS photovoltaic module factory.

The CIS photovoltaic module (our product name "SOLACIS") is a thin-film module that does not use silicon, which is under the pressure of shortage. Another characteristic is that it is manufactured from cell to module at one factory.

Showa Shell Solar K.K. has started commercial production after test production at its first Miyazaki Plant (construction completed in October 2006). This time, Showa Shell Solar K.K. has decided to construct the second factory with production capacity of 60 mega watts (mw).

The second factory will be the world's largest CIS photovoltaic module factory. Products manufactured at this factory are planned to be sold mainly in domestic market, through Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.'s agent network.

[Outline of Showa Shell Solar K.K.]
Address of Headquarter: Daiba Frontier Building, 2-3-2 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Shigeaki Kameda (President, Representative Director)
Capital: 7.4 billion yen
Capital Structure: 100% Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
Number of Employees: Approx. 110 people

[Outline of the second CIS photovoltaic module factory]
Address: Miyazaki prefecture (Details are undecided)
Number of Employees: Approx. 150 people (plan)
Production Capacity: 60 mw/year (plan)
Amount of Investment: Approx. 15 billion yen
Start of Construction: Within fiscal year of 2007
Start of Operation: By the end of June, 2009 (plan)
Land Size: Approx. 50,000m2

<Reference: Outline of Miyazaki Plant (the first CIS photovoltaic module factory)>
Address: 8136-7 Kou, Tano-cho, Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki Prefecture
Number of Employees: Approx. 70 people
Construction Completed: October 2006
Amount of Investment: Approx. 5 billion yen
Land Size: Approx. 25,000m2
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