BHEL Tenders for Supply of 1.2 Crore 4.62 Wp Solar Cells

BHEL has tendered for the manufacturing and supply of 1.2 crore multi-crystalline solar cells (156.75 mm-5BB-4.62 Wp) as per its technical specifications

The electronics division of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued a tender, seeking sealed quotations for the manufacturing and supply of 1.2 crore multi-crystalline solar cells (156.75 mm-5BB-4.62 Wp) as per BHEL technical specification.

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The last date for bid submission is June 12, 2020, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on the same date. The date and time of opening of the price bids will be intimated to the technically and commercially cleared bidders at a later date.

As per the tender, BHEL is seeking the supply of 12 million solar cells, and the deadline for delivery of the cells is July 31, 2020, for the first 4 million cells, followed by September 30, 2020, for the delivery of the remainder of the 8 million solar cells.

To be eligible, the vendor should have supplied at least 10 million pieces of 156 to 157 mm multi-crystalline silicon solar cells to Indian PV module manufacturers or PV module manufacturers of other than the country of origin of the vendor during the two years preceding RFQ date of this tender. And, the vendor should have a minimum of 300 MW/annum in-house crystalline silicon solar cell manufacturing capacity.

The tender is open to international vendors as well, and thus all prospective bidders must specify the country of origin since the safeguard duty will be applicable. Wherever applicable, the same will be considered for arriving cost to BHEL.

As per the tender, BHEL also 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.

For this procurement, Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017, shall be applicable even if issued after the issue of this NIT but before finalisation of contract/PO/WO against this NIT. In the event of any nodal ministry prescribing higher or lower percentage of purchase preference and/ or local content in respective of this procurement, the same shall be applicable.

Recently, the firm had issued a tender for the balance of systems (BOS) works for 22 MW floating solar plant for the NTPC project in Kerala. The scope of work includes the erection and commissioning works for BOS For 22 MWac floating solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-connected power plant for NTPC at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power project Kayamkulam in Kerala.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for