The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL), a joint venture between the government of India and the government of Rajasthan, has floated a tender for 7,000 solar modules with a minimum power output of 380 W made up of 72 monocrystalline solar cells. The bid submission deadline is October 31, 2021.
As per the tender guidelines, to participate in the bidding process, only Class-I and Class-II local suppliers, as per Make in India order 2017 will be eligible. The tender will, however, allow eligible small and small enterprises to participate. The average turnover criterion is waived for small enterprises, as well as original equipment manufacturers. Module makers shall be listed in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s ‘Approved List of Models and Manufacturers.’ If a micro and small enterprise quotes below the lowest bid (L1)+15 per cent and matches the lowest bid, it will be awarded 25 per cent of the total quantity.
Furthermore, the winning bidder must give a ten-year warranty and free replacement against manufacturing defects. At the end of ten years, the peak watt capacity of the solar module should be at least 90 per cent, and at the end of 25 years, it should be at least 80 per cent.
Earlier this month, REIL floated a tender for the supply of 1 million monocrystalline or multicrystalline silicon solar cells with a wattage output of 4.67 W. According to the tender specifications, 25 per cent of the total quantity specified in the tender has been set aside for micro and small business (MSE) providers. Out of this quantity, 20 per cent has been designated for procurement by MSEs owned by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe entrepreneurs.