Local Sol 100% Locally-Produced Solar Energy


Become a Local Sol Founding Customer!

Local Sol costs $0.142/kWh and is limited to approximately 300 customers.

Local Sol is our 100% solar energy service option. With energy produced by a solar farm located in our service area, Local Sol truly is local. Local Sol customers:

  • Directly fund a local solar project
  • Promote the growth of our local green economy
  • Ensure their ratepayer dollars foster sustainable energy development right here in our community

One of our long-term goals is to give each of our customers access to affordable clean energy sources produced as locally as possible. Not everyone is a homeowner, and not every homeowner can install solar panels on their home. But with Local Sol, anyone in Marin and Napa Counties, unincorporated Contra Costa County, and the Cities and Towns of Benicia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek can harness the power of the sun. Together, we’ll make huge strides in supporting local renewable development and creating economic benefits, like solar construction jobs, which create a brighter future for all of us.

Local Sol Power Source

Locally-Produced Solar 100%

Residential Cost Comparison of MCE’s Premium Services

Example Monthly Residential Electric Charges*

MCE Local Sol

$16225average total cost
  • $74.49
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $71.00
    Electric Generation
  • $16.76
    Additional PG&E Fees

MCE Deep Green

$13975average total cost
  • $74.49
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $48.50
    Electric Generation
  • $16.76
    Additional PG&E Fees
*Based on a typical usage of a residential customer in our service area at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of May 1, 2020 under the E-1 rate schedule. Actual differences may vary depending on usage, rate schedule, and other factors. Estimate provided is an average of seasonal rates.
**Represents the most recent (2018) power content data reported to the California Energy Commission’s Power Source Disclosure Program.

Local Sol Enrollment Form

Thank you for your interest in Local Sol! By enrolling today, you will become one of the 300 Founding Customers!

Local Sol FAQ

The Local Sol rate is $0.142/kWh – for both residential and commercial customers. This rate is directly tied to the cost of energy acquired through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff contract with the solar developer. As a result, the Local Sol rate will not increase over the 20-year term of the contract between MCE and the solar developer (beginning January 1, 2015 through and including December 31, 2035). If the Local Sol program is expanded beyond its initial phase, the Local Sol rate may decrease, but will not increase.

Local Sol participation is limited to approximately 300 customers due to the limited solar power available from the Cooley Quarry project. Customers are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deep Green and Local Sol both offer 100% renewable energy options. The major differences are the source, location and price of power.

Deep Green Local Sol
Source Wind & Solar Solar
Location Within California, but outside of MCE’s service area Novato, CA
Price Premium Light Green rate + $0.01/kWh $0.142/kWh
Local Sol customers will retain their current PG&E rate schedule for electric delivery charges, but will only pay the flat, non-time-of-use Local Sol rate for electric generation.
PG&E will continue to send your monthly electric bill. MCE’s charges for Local Sol 100% locally generated solar electricity will be included on your bill as a separate line item.
Many customers do not live in single-family homes or have limited exposure to direct sunlight where they live. Additionally, rooftop solar projects can be costly, and can require entering into complex leasing arrangements or long-term contracts. Local Sol offers customers the opportunity to collectively fund renewable development in their community, and use that production to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions associated with their electricity consumption.

Yes. Customers may opt out of Local Sol at any time. There is no term length associated with participation in Local Sol. If you choose to switch to another MCE service option, such as Light Green or Deep Green, no fee will apply. Customers who choose to switch to PG&E service after they have been with MCE for more than 60 days are subject to the same one-time $5.00 (residential) or $25.00 (commercial) fee that currently applies to all other MCE service options.

Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers who choose to enroll in Local Sol will no longer be eligible to participate in the annual cash out process. Local Sol NEM customers will be credited at the same price that they pay for Local Sol service, $0.142/kWh. These credits will be applied to your bill following the standard NEM procedure and will offset future MCE usage charges. However, these credits are not eligible for MCE’s annual NEM Cash Out and will instead roll over to the following year and be applied to any future MCE usage charges.

If you choose to discontinue Local Sol service and return to Deep Green or Light Green service, you will again accrue NEM credits that are eligible for Cash Out. Any credits accrued during your time as a Local Sol customer will remain ineligible for cash out.

If you have questions about how this policy will impact you, please contact us at info@mcecleanenergy.org.