Local Sol 100% Locally-Produced Solar Energy

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Local Sol is limited to approximately 600 customers.
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Local Sol is 100% solar energy from a local solar farm located in our service area. One of our long-term goals is to give every resident and business customer in our service area access to affordable clean energy sources 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 the Counties of Marin and Napa, and the Cities of Richmond, Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, and Lafayette 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 benefit everyone.

Local Sol Power Source

Locally-Produced Solar 100%

Know Exactly Where the Energy You Purchase Comes From

Electricity for Local Sol customers will be produced at the new Cooley Quarry Solar Project currently under construction through MCE’s best-in-California Feed-In Tariff program – a standard-offer contract for local renewable projects. Construction is also underway at project sites in our member communities, Novato and Richmond.

Rely on Long-term Rate Stability

In addition to solar energy that’s exclusively produced within our service area, rates also set Local Sol apart from other electric generation options. Local Sol customers can rest easy with a guaranteed, long-term rate that’s about 30% more than Light Green. Your electric generation rate will not change in the near future. The cost of Local Sol is directly tied to the rates paid through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff program: 14.2¢ per kWh (13.8 ¢ + 0.4¢ for administrative costs).

MCE Local Sol

100%locally-produced solar
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $65.75
    Electric Generation
  • $11.04
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $12622ave. total cost

MCE Deep Green

100%renewable energy**
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $37.97
    Electric Generation
  • $11.04
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $9844ave. total cost
*Based on a typical usage of 463 kWh at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of September 1, 2016 under the Res-1/E-1 rate schedule. Actual differences may vary depending on usage, rate schedule, and other factors. Estimate provided is an average of seasonal rates.
**Renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program in June 2016.

Local Sol FAQ

Local Sol is a voluntary service option that offers 100% new, local (located within MCE’s service area) solar power. By choosing Local Sol, customers are directly funding a local solar farm, promoting the growth of our local green economy, and ensuring that their ratepayer dollars foster sustainable energy development right here in our community.
The initial power supply for Local Sol will come from the Cooley Quarry solar project currently under construction in Novato.
Local Sol is expected to become available in Summer 2016, but may be available earlier.

Interested customers can enroll online or call 1 (888) 632-3674.

Interested customers will placed on a waiting list on a first-come basis. Prior to the launch of the Local Sol program, customers on the list will be contacted to facilitate their enrollment.

Local Sol participation is limited to approximately 200 customers due to the limited solar power available from the Novato Cooley Quarry project. Customers are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Sample residential and commercial costs are below. Please note that bill costs will vary based on PG&E rates and the amount of electricity you use.

Sample Residential Local Sol Cost
Based on a typical usage of 463 kWh/month at current PG&E and MCE Res-1/E-1 rate schedule effective as of January 2016.
MCE Electric Generation (Local Sol) $65.75
PG&E Electric Delivery $46.14
Other PG&E Fees $11.04
Total Average Cost $122.93
Sample Commercial Local Sol Cost
Based on a typical usage of 1,210 kWh/month at current PG&E and MCE Com-1/A-1 rate schedule effective as of January 2016.
MCE Electric Generation (Local Sol) $171.82
PG&E Electric Delivery $145.51
Other PG&E Fees $22.43
Total Average Cost $339.76

The Local Sol rate will not exceed $0.142/kWh for the 20-year term 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 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.

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

Deep Green Local Sol
Source Wind and Solar Solar
Location Outside of MCE service area Novato, CA
Price Premium Light Green rate + $0.01/kWh $0.142/kWh
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.