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The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) floats tender on a fixed price basis, with no price variation clause in the tender document for supply of monocrystalline solar cells.
Interested bidders should have a minimum of 100 MW/year in-house monocrystalline solar cell manufacturing capacity and submit the quotation in a single packet system. The last date for submission of bids is January 29, 2020.
According to the tender, the solar cells must be five bus bar cells with a minimum efficiency of 18.8%. They must be about 200 microns in thickness and measure 156.75×156.75 or 157×157 mm in size.
As per the tender, only original manufacturers or their authorized representatives with a valid authorization letter are eligible to submit quotations. CEL has stated that it can also split the quantity and award capacities to two or more vendors as per the production requirement. It is also important that the modules manufactured using the supplier’s cells conform to the quality standards set in place by the government.
The tender document further specifies that if defective cells are less than 3%, then all cells should be replaced free of cost. If the cells are more than 3%, then the entire lot will be rejected, a media report stated.
Also bidders beyond the approved vendor list of CEL will be allowed to participate in open tenders. However, the quotation from such bidders would be evaluated based on the eligibility criteria mentioned in the tender document.
On similar lines, the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) recently floated a tender for 196,000 monocrystalline and 196,000 polycrystalline solar modules on a per watt basis.