Local Sol 100% Locally-Produced Solar Energy

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Local Sol is limited to approximately 300 customers.
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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 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 create a brighter future for all of us.

Local Sol Power Source

Locally-Produced Solar 100%

Residential Cost Comparison of MCE’s Premium Services

MCE Local Sol

100%locally-produced solar
  • $47.18
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $65.75
    Electric Generation
  • $13.78
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $12671avg. total cost

MCE Deep Green

100%renewable energy**
  • $47.18
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $37.97
    Electric Generation
  • $13.78
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $9893avg. 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

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 is expected to become available in Spring 2017. Interested customers can enroll now either online or by calling 1 (888) 632-3674. You will be placed on the Local Sol waiting list on a first-come basis.
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 GreenLocal Sol
SourceWind, Solar & BiogasSolar
LocationOutside of MCE service areaNovato, CA
Price PremiumLight 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.