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SANYO HIT POWER® Solar Panels Produce More Power with New 225A for US Market

Hybrid-Cell HIT Power® Modules Rated at 225-watts, Promise Most PTC Watts on the Market & Up to10% More Electricity (kWh) Than Conventional Crystalline On Hot Or Cloudy Days

IKEA Installs SANYO HIT® Power 225A
April 1, 2011
(San Jose, CA – April 1, 2011) – SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) announces the availability of the HIT Power® 225A solar module in the United States, the most efficient HIT Power® solar module launched to date in the US. The 225A panel offers integrators and installers independently-certified cell conversion efficiencies of 20.2% and module efficiencies of 17.8%, and the new panels are available from SANYO-certified dealers starting immediately.
   The new HIT Power® 225A solar modules will be on display in SANYO’s booth (booth #1050) at PV America in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 3 to April 5, 2011.

SANYO HIT Power® panel power generation output is higher than traditional panels because of patented solar cell technology that combines two best-of solar technologies -- high efficiency monocrystalline silicon with ultra-thin layers of amorphous silicon. The monocrystalline silicon is sandwiched between the amorphous-Si for superior conversion efficiency as well as excellent temperature characteristics.

“SANYO’s HIT Power® module performance gives integrators and installers 100% of the nameplate rated power – or more,” noted Charles Hanasaki, President of the Solar & Smart Energy Division.  “With a co-efficient of -0/+10%, HIT Power’s warranted tolerance is the most generous the industry has to offer,” he added.

Real-world performance/More power per square foot

The specifications for the panels speak for themselves for what the manufacturer expects in terms of power generation. However, HIT Power® panels are known for their real-world performance ability to generate more energy than traditional panels, especially useful in a limited amount of space. Furthermore, the HIT Power® line-up of products have also been demonstrated to perform well in less than ideal conditions, such as higher temperature or diffuse light conditions, when power production of conventional crystalline modules often wanes. The structure of the cell, with its hybrid technology, allows more clean energy production per square foot than conventional crystalline-only panels, even during the hottest time of the day.
“People often think the middle of the day is the best for solar power generation, which should be true but higher temperatures prevent panels from reaching higher output numbers. SANYO panels have been designed to perform better under these conditions,” Hanasaki added. “More kilowatt hours (kWh) per rated watt means our customers can realize faster returns on their solar investments. That is the SANYO advantage.”

The newest panel, the 225A, offers the most power generation per square foot that SANYO has offered in the United States to date.


For installers, incorporating HIT Power® modules into clean energy solutions for homes, businesses or public agencies also means fewer modules are required, something that conserves rooftop space and installation time. It also provides building owners with more flexibility in deploying rooftop solar solutions – despite less-than-ideal or limited space or awkward architectural impediments.

“Sanyo has earned some of the industry’s highest marks for its module design, field performance and energy output,” notes Steve Bauhs, Director of Sales and Marketing for Colorado-based Simple Solar.  “Typically, those who’ve done their research and know what they want, want Sanyo,” Bauhs said.  

Environmental Stewardship

HIT Power modules are assembled in an ISO 9001 (quality), 14001 (environment) and 18001 safety-certified factory.  In keeping with SANYO’s environmental policies, SANYO’s unique eco-packaging minimizes job site cardboard waste.

HIT® stands for Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer.  HIT® solar cells employ a proprietary technology developed by SANYO whereby hybrid solar cells composed of single crystalline silicon wafers are surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. The unique structure minimizes defects within the p/n junction of the cell, producing highly efficient cells capable of achieving up to 17.4% module efficiency while producing more power even at higher temperatures.

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global leading company providing solutions for energy, environment and lifestyle applications. The Solar & Smart Energy Division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., is headquartered in San Jose, California, and handles sales and services for photovoltaic and Smart Energy Systems. For further information, please visit SANYO’s web site at

© 2011 SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. SANYO and HIT are registered trademarks of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.

For Press Contact:

Aaron Fowles
SANYO North America Corporation
(619) 661-4151

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