CEL opens tender to procure 3 lakh multicrystalline solar cells

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State-owned Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has invited bids for supply of five-busbar multi-crystalline solar cells with a minimum 4.52 W peak output. Quantities to be supplied are 300,000.

The solar cells should be 156.75 x 156.75 mm ± 0.25 mm or 157 x 157 mm ± 0.25 mm in size, with cell thickness of 200±20 microns. Further, these should have uniform silicon nitride anti-reflection coating.

The front busbar must be at least 0.8±0.2 mm wide and back busbar 1.5±0.3 mm

Only indigenous domestic manufacturers with multicrystalline solar cell production capacity of a minimum 30 MW per annum are eligible to apply. They are required to certify that modules manufactured using the supplied cells will conform to IEC 61215/IS14286, IEC 61730 and IEC 62804.

The cells will be checked for all the specifications on sample basis. Bidders who are not in the approved vendor list of CEL are required to supply a sample lot of minimum 200 cells for testing by CEL.

Quantities are to be supplied as per the CEL’s requirement in staggered lots up to December 31, 2020.