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GRTU Renewable Energy Section President Noel Gauci has today written to the Contracts Department following several complaints by our members in the Renewable Energy Sector regarding a condition in the tender issued by the contracts department bearing reference CT211 2012(CT3099 2012), GRTU formally requested that the temperature range required in the second paragraph of page 54, whereby it is specified that the panel should be able to withstand repetitive cycling between -40 and + 90 degrees Celsius, should be revised to -40 and +85 degrees Celsius.
This in view of the fact that most panels, branded and non-branded, are specified to withstand repetitive cycling in the suggested range. In fact GRTU carried out a research on at least 14 brands/suppliers, and all resulted within the -40 +85 degrees Celsius range except one. Due to this fact we believe that our members' complaints are justified. GRTU also spoke with various academics in the sector and all declared that the 5 degree difference above that usually requested is un-necessary and makes no difference in the performance of the PV panels. GRTU feels this condition is creating an uneven playing field and a situation that limits competition since it excludes most suppliers from the possibility of participating because they would not be compliant to the present requested specifications.
GRTU also requested the Department to extend the closing date of the tender by 30 days from revision of the temperature parameter to give tenderers adequate time to participate.
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