REIL Issues 2 Tenders for Supply of 6 Lakh Solar Cells

REIL has floated two tenders, seeking bids from eligible vendors for procuring 6 lakh solar cells of ratings ranging between 4.5 W and 4.7 W.

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has floated two tenders, seeking bids from eligible vendors/ suppliers for procuring 6 lakh multi-crystalline solar cells of ratings ranging between 4.5 W and 4.7 W.

The first tender has been issued under the domestic content requirement (DCR) category for the supply of 3 lakh solar cells with wattages of 4.5W, 4.6W, and 4.67W (1 lakh each). While, the second tender – also for the same type of solar cells in the same quantity – has been issued under universal bidding. However, the second tender will also see preference being given to domestic manufacturers of solar cells, and companies from bordering countries will be eligible to submit proposals.

The tender states that the 4.5W solar cells should be 4-5 busbars in length and should be 156 x 156 mm +- 1 mm or 156.75 x 156.75 +- 1 mm in dimension. The 4.6 W and 4.67 W solar cells must be five busbars in length and 200 μm in thickness with a permitted deviation of nearly 20 μm.

The last date for bid submission on both tenders is September 24, 2020, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on the next date i.e. September 25, 2020. All bidders will be required to submit an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 3.75 lakh along with their bids. However, Micro and Small enterprise (MSE) vendors will be exempted from paying the EMD amount.

Furthermore, particular preference will be given to MSEs participating in the tender, with 25 percent of the tendered quantity reserved for MSE suppliers. Out of the 25 percent reset ed for MSEs, 20 percent will be earmarked for procurement from MSEs owned by SC/ST entrepreneurs.

In August, REIL had issued a tender for the rate contract of manufacturing polycrystalline solar module of 325Wp rated capacity. As per the tender, the modules are to be made from 72 polycrystalline silicon solar cells which must have been manufactured domestically. The quantity quoted in the tender was for the supply of 6500 polycrystalline modules.

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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