Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated a tender for the manufacture and supply of 12 million multicrystalline solar cells. These cells would be manufactured as per BHEL’s technical specification of 156.75 mm-5BB-4.62 Wp. Both international and domestic manufacturers are allowed to bid. All prospective bidders must specify the country of origin since safeguard duty will be applicable. Foreign vendors need to supply the first 4 million solar cells by air and the next 8 million by sea. As per the tender guidelines, BHEL reserves the right to split the purchase order into L1 and L2 in the ratio of 60:40 for the two lowest bidders. However, for that, the L2 bidder must accept to supply the solar cells as per the L1 negotiated price. The last date for bid submission was June 12, 2020. The deadline for delivery of cells is July 31, 2020 for the first 4 million cells, while the remaining 8 million cells can be delivered by September 30, 2020.