We promised local renewables. Now we’re delivering.

We have 19 megawatts of renewable energy projects online, under construction, or soon-to-be under construction locally.
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Local renewables producing power, today

The Bay Area’s Largest Public Solar Project, MCE Solar One

MCE Solar One’s 10.5 megawatt (MW) solar system is producing 22,000 megawatt–hours (MWh) per year of pollution-free electricity — enough energy to power over 3,400 homes annually.* The project concept was initially conceived by the Richmond community as a way to include renewable energy and solar facilities in the Chevron Modernization Project. MCE teamed up with RichmondBUILD — which has successfully graduated hundreds of students and placed an impressive 80% of its graduates into well paying jobs — to train and hire its skilled graduates as green-collar employees for the project.

Environmental and Local Benefits:

  • Expected to eliminate 3,234 metric tons of carbon dioxide in one year, the equivalent of taking more than 680 fossil–fuel cars off of the road annually**
  • Provides clean, local, renewable energy
  • Repurposed 60 acres of a remediated brownfield site
  • Supported 341 jobs
  • Partnered with job–training program RichmondBUILD to train and hire local residents
  • Maximized local economic benefits by requiring 50% local resident workforce and engaging Richmond–based contractors and supplier
*Based on the projected annual output of MCE Solar One and the average residential usage within MCE’s service area.
**Based on MCE’s aggregate portfolio emission factor and the EPA’s greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.

For press inquiries, please contact Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager, at: kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org.

Landfill Gas-to-Energy at the Redwood Landfill

Yesterday’s trash is tomorrow’s electricity. Waste Management and MCE have ushered in a new era of power generation with the launch of a landfill gas-to-energy plant in the City of Novato which will provide enough renewable electricity to annually serve more than 5,000 MCE customers.

The new, state-of-the-art plant uses methane gas produced by Marin’s trash at the Redwood Landfill to power two reciprocating engines that generate 3.9 megawatts of electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This renewable energy source closes the loop on trash by turning a greenhouse gas, which was previously destroyed, into electricity. A sophisticated, multi-step scrubbing system also ensures this plant is the first of its kind to be nearly emissions free. The scrubbing system removes carbon particulates, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide.

At $14.5 million, the plant reflects Waste Management’s commitment to finding environmentally sustainable solutions to its operations, and MCE’s goal to provide 100% renewable energy service as close to customers as possible.

One Megawatt of Solar at Novato Cooley Quarry

With the help of Danlin Solar, REP Energy, and the Novato Cooley Quarry, MCE has flipped the switch on a new community solar farm. The project was developed under MCE’s Feed-In Tariff, a standard offer contract for local renewable projects. The Cooley Quarry project will supply Local Sol customers with brand new 100% solar energy.

One of our long-term goals is to give every resident and business in our service area access to affordable clean energy from sources as local as possible. Not everyone is a homeowner, and not every homeowner can install solar panels on their home, but everyone should have access to solar energy. Now with Local Sol, anyone in our service area can harness the power of the sun. Enroll online to take advantage of the solar energy produced at the Cooley Quarry in Novato.

Freethy Industrial Park

On February 14, 2017, MCE and JHS Properties unveiled Freethy Industrial Park, a new, two-megawatt, ground-mounted solar project in the City of Richmond, marking the completion of MCE’s third Feed-In Tariff project. Bob Herbst, property manager for JHS Properties, managed MCE’s first FIT project at the San Rafael Airport – one megawatt of solar which came online in 2012.

Sunstall Inc. and the City of Richmond’s RichmondBUILD program provided labor to construct the solar panel installation, which supported 23 jobs. Through RichmondBUILD’s program, workers gained a new skill set, making them eligible for further opportunities to work for local solar installation companies. Three permanent jobs were created for Energy Systems Development to maintain the system for ten years. The Freethy Industrial Park solar project supplies enough electricity to power up to 600 homes annually, with greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to taking 114 cars off the road each year.

Cost Plus Plaza Larkspur

Taking advantage of MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, Rawson, Blum & Leon (RBL),  is utilizing unused rooftop space at Cost Plus World Market in Larkspur. This project will produce clean energy, support local jobs, and will be a long term investment with a promising return. To help incentivize local renewable projects such as this, MCE purchases electricity from FIT projects at an above market rate. The project — developed by Rawson, Blue & Leon and Alta Energy — came online in late September 2016 and is delivering over 265 kilowatts of solar energy to the grid, powering 100 homes per year.

Solar Shade Structure at Buck Institute for Research on Aging

This local project was negotiated as part of the “Cottonwood” solar contract with Dominion to build another 23 MW of solar energy in central California. This one MW solar carport shade structure was built on a parking lot at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, the Nation’s first independent research facility focused solely on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease. The project came online in May 2016 and will provide enough power for up to 300 homes per year. Project construction supported 25 jobs, provided by Cupertino Electric, an IBEW 1245 Signatory contractor.

San Rafael Airport Solar

Airports have a ton of roof space to spare, so why not convert them into solar surfaces? In 2012, that’s exactly what the San Rafael Airport decided to do. Through our Feed-In Tariff contract, the airport is selling 100% of the locally generated electricity from their 972 kilowatt solar project to MCE.

You can even see how much energy the airport is generating right this minute!

  • Designed by San Rafael-based REP Energy
  • Built in 2012 by Muir Beach-based Synapse Electric
  • 20 jobs employed by Synapse Electric for project construction
  • Employees identified by Marin City Community Development Corporation and CLP Resources
  • Locally financed by Bank of Marin and businessman Joe Shekou
  • 85% of the solar panels are American-made, manufactured by REC Group
  • 100% of the inverters are American-made, manufactured by Power-One
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