BHEL Tenders 10.27 Million Mono PERC Solar Cells Supply

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For the supply of 10.27 million monocrystalline passivated emitter and rear contact (PERC) solar cells with a wattage output of 5.38 W, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued an invitation for bids.


The deadline for the submission of bids is July 15, 2022, which is also the bid opening date.

The cells must be devoid of mechanical deterioration, including cuts, cracks, holes, edge chipping, patches, missing gridlines, stains, and markings. They ought to be coated in uniform silicon nitride.

The cells should have a dimension of 158.75 ± 0.5 X 158.75 ± 0.5 and a length of 5 busbars. They should have a thickness of 200 ± 20 microns, and their diagonal variation should not be a maximum of 0.5 mm.

The solar cells must be packaged in airtight polypropylene or polythene sachets with a maximum of 125 cells per sachet.

After manufacturing approval, the first batch of 3 million solar cells must be delivered within 30 days. After that, two lots of three million each and the remaining quantity in the final lot must be supplied within 30 days after each lot’s production clearance.

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Liquidated damages of 0.5% of the amount that was not supplied each week, up to a maximum of 10% of the entire contract price, shall be applied if the vendor fails to provide the required quantity within the specified period.

To participate in the bidding process, the last three years’ average annual financial turnover for bidders should have been Rs. 225 million. They must get a Rs 220 million solvency certificate from a reputable bank. Further, their net worth should have increased over the previous 3 fiscal years.

The supplier must have developed internal testing facilities, a laboratory, and the necessary staff to conduct regular in-process and completed product testing.

A minimum of 20 million mono PERC solar cells should be produced annually by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Additionally, in the previous 3 years, the OEM should have supplied reputable module makers with at least 20 million mono PERC cells.

The OEM needs to put in place a well-established quality assurance system and have an ISO 9001:2015 certification.

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According to BHEL, 25% of the required quantity is set aside for suppliers from micro and small enterprises (MSE). 6.25% has been designated for MSEs owned by entrepreneurs from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes, and 3% has been specified for women-owned MSEs, out of the 25% of the tendered amount allotted for MSE suppliers.

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