CEL amends 5 MW module supply tender for Maharashtra


In December, state-owned Central Electronic Limited had invited bids for supply of an aggregate 5 MW of multicrystalline solar modules to different substations in various districts of Maharashtra. The modules must be designed from 72 numbers of silicon solar cells and have peak power output of minimum 335 Wp.

While the first corrigendum to the tender saw bidding extended to January 17 from January 13, the second corrigendum issued recently relaxes the eligibility criteria and extends bidding further up to January 22.

While only Indian PV module manufacturers were allowed earlier, now their authorised distributors, resellers or dealers can also bid—provided the manufacturer has an installed automated manufacturing line of 30 MWp per year.

Further, there are relaxations in the supply order carried out in the last one year. As per the revisions, the manufacturer must have completed at least one supply order of minimum 2 MWp or two orders of minimum 1 MWp—each of 325Wp to 350 Wp modules—in the last one year (Dec. 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019).

Earlier, the tender guidelines required the original equipment manufacturer to have carried out at least “one order of min. 4 MWp, two orders of min. 2.5 MWp or three orders of min. 2 MWp in last one year.”


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