India’s Central Electronics Limited seeks partners to expand capacity of PV module factory

Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a R&D and technology company run by the Indian government under the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), has published a notice inviting expression of interest for solar manufacturers interested in helping the company expand capacity at its PV module factory in the industrial area of Sahibabad, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The company said that bids must be submitted by May 5, 2017, and that it is seeking partners developing flexible crystalline silicon modules, CIGS modules, CZTS modules or any “other stable new solar module technology”. CEL currently produces exclusively crystalline silicon modules and cells at its manufacturing facility, which has an annual capacity of 10 MW for cells and 40 MW for modules.

CEL claims it has installed more than 500,000 PV systems across India, covering both rural and industrial applications to date. The company also tendered 100 MW of rooftop solar in January.

The basics of the tender are that it is for 100 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar to be installed on office buildings and railway stations under zonal railways. Projects can be a minimum size of 50 kw, while each individual bidder is limited to apply for projects within three states or for projects with combined capacities of 20 MW.