Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has floated a tender for the supply of 2 million multi-crystalline solar cells. In line with the tender guidelines, the solar cells must include be PERC cells with 5 bus bars, size of 157mm with a margin of 0.25mm, and efficiency of over 19.6 percent.As per the tender, only original domestic manufacturers complying with MNRE’s notification regarding domestic content requirement are eligible to submit bids. The supplier will also need to confirm that the supplied modules manufactured using the suppler cells conform to IEC standards, and the same shall be tested by government accredited labs. The vendors should have a minimum of 5 MW per annum in-house production capacity.The last date for bid submission for the tender is August 12, 2020.
CEL has also recently invited bids from eligible and approved bidders for the supply of solar ribbons. In June, 2020CEL had issued a similar tender for supply of three million multi-crystalline solar cells of wattage greater than 4.52 Wp. As per the tender, only indigenous solar cell manufacturers were eligible to quote bids for the supply tender, and there was no earnest money deposit to be submitted by the bidders.CEL has offered a period of only 7 days for bidders to submit bids under the new tender as almost all of the conditions under the new one match the old one.