India may disqualify Chinese firms from participating in ISA’ solar home power system tender

Tightening its economic squeeze, India plans to disqualify Chinese firms from participating in the largest global solar home system’ price discovery tender, for the International Solar Alliance’ (ISA) member nations, said two people aware of the development.

State run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is conducting the exercise for a potential order of 47 million home power systems, valued at around $28 billion. The first phase will be for 9.3 million home power system—each comprising of a solar panel, battery, LED bulbs, fan and charging port for radio, TV and USB—with the bids to be submitted by 31 October.

The price discovered will then be offered to all ISA member countries for acceptance and will serve as the reference point for such large global order. A pre-bid conference on the tender was called on Thursday.

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