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September 2019

Drive Clean Bay Area Partnership Promotes Electric Vehicles

By |2019-10-11T14:10:35-07:00September 23rd, 2019|Electric Vehicles, Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities|

MCE & Partners Aim to Reduce Emissions and Combat Climate Change Drive Clean Bay Area is a collaborative effort spanning nine counties and involving three of the region’s forward-thinking multi-jurisdictional organizations. The new campaign focuses on educating and motivating Bay Area residents and employees to replace their internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles (EV) [...]

August 2019

MCE Customers Offered $2.8+ Million in Cash Back for Generating Their Own Solar Energy in 2018-19

By |2019-10-11T14:03:40-07:00August 2nd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 2019* Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE is issuing cash outs totaling over $2.8 million to rooftop solar customers when they have produced more electricity than they used themselves. MCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program currently provides incentives [...]

May 2019

One of Largest Operational CCA Solar Projects in California Now Online

By |2019-05-22T11:24:37-07:00May 22nd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

MCE and sPower recently announced that they achieved commercial operations on a 130 MWdc solar project in Lancaster, California. The project, named Antelope Expansion 2, completed by sPower in December of 2018 will sell output to MCE under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). While California is home to many large solar projects, this is [...]

Breaking Ground on New 3 MW Solar Project in Napa County

By |2019-10-11T14:01:05-07:00May 21st, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Construction began in April on MCE's first new renewable energy project in Napa County, the American Canyon Solar Project, after months of development, planning, and preparation. Renewable Properties developed the small-scale utility solar project that will supply MCE with 3 MWac of in-service area solar electricity. The project is expected to begin delivery of [...]

April 2019

MCE Continues to Deliver on Mission with Completion of Latest Community Energy Project

By |2019-10-11T13:59:45-07:00April 26th, 2019|Electric Vehicles, Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and American Solar celebrate the completion of MCE Solar Charge, MCE’s newest, local community energy project. MCE Solar Charge includes an 80kW PV solar system powering 10 Level 2 electric vehicle [...]

MCE Announces 2018 Charles F. McGlashan Award Winners

By |2019-10-11T13:58:19-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Awards, The RE-Source|

Sustainable Lafayette, Resilient Neighborhoods, and Verna Causby-Smith, EAH Affordable Housing Honored This Spring, MCE’s Board of Directors recognized the 2018 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award winners, including Sustainable Lafayette, Resilient Neighborhoods, and Verna Causby-Smith with EAH Affordable Housing (winners pictured above with MCE leadership, left to right: Don Tatzin, Former Mayor of Lafayette; Dawn Weisz, [...]

February 2019

Tamalpais Community Services District Goes Local Sol 100% Renewable

By |2019-10-11T13:53:25-07:00February 14th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Photo courtesy of Tamalpais Community Services District Guest blog post by Heather Abrams, General Manager, Tamalpais Community Services District Tamalpais Valley is the gateway to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County. About 7,000 people live in this cozy wooded valley, which is located just 10 minutes North [...]

January 2019

MCE’s Plan Meets California Renewable Energy Standards Eleven Years Early

By |2019-10-11T13:52:12-07:00January 28th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org 250 MW New Renewables in 2018 Accelerate MCE’s Rapid Progress SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and community partners are leading the way in meeting California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. The passage of Senate Bill [...]

September 2018

Funds to Rebuild Homes Lost in Napa Wildfires

By |2019-10-11T13:19:48-07:00September 20th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 28, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org MCE Partners with Local Agencies to Promote Energy Efficiency, Offer Single Application Process SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — Property owners in Napa County who are rebuilding homes lost in the October 2017 or recent 2018 wildfires can [...]

August 2018

A Multifamily Property in Richmond Got Paid to Upgrade

By |2019-10-11T12:53:12-07:00August 24th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Multifamily property owner Bakari Kafele has much to be thankful for: His wife, his baby, and MCE’s partnership with the City of Richmond that provided him with substantial cash rebates for energy-efficient upgrades. Bakari reached out to this program, known as Energize Richmond, when he needed to perform upgrades on his three tenant units, [...]

May 2018

A 100% Renewable Energy Record: Ahead of the (Deep Green) Curve in Kensington, CA

By |2019-10-11T12:41:46-07:00May 25th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

The Kensington Greens are a small group of citizens deeply involved in their district, who formed on their community NextDoor site to take action on climate change and sustainability issues. When Kensington and the rest of unincorporated Contra Costa County voted to enroll with MCE, the Kensington Greens took the opportunity to embark on [...]

March 2018

Ross Valley Sanitary District Goes Deep Green

By |2019-10-11T12:39:12-07:00March 20th, 2018|Women, Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Located in central Marin County, Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) is the first sanitary district in MCE's service area to vote to opt up their electricity service from 50 percent renewable to 100 percent California renewable energy through MCE Deep Green, starting in July 2018. RVSD's change to 100% renewable energy is expected to increase their [...]

February 2018

Moraga: Paving the Way Towards Sustainability

By |2018-02-27T11:51:22-07:00February 27th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Home to over 17,000 people, Moraga has long been committed to environmental sustainability. Nestled in central Contra Costa County, east of the Oakland hills, Moraga sits in a valley boasting easy access to trails and open space like Rancho Laguna Park and the popular Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail. Moraga is also home to Saint Mary’s College [...]

January 2018

Partnering for a Resilient Calistoga

By |2018-01-24T12:44:06-07:00January 24th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

The historic City Hall and Police Station buildings facing one another in bucolic, downtown Calistoga belie the increasing energy efficiency and creature comforts of those facilities, thanks to projects initiated by Sustainable Napa’s Project Manager, Bill Bennett, and Calistoga’s City Manager, Dylan Feik. After retrofitting the city’s street lights in 2016, the following year, Calistoga [...]

December 2017

Public-Private Partnership Brings Call Center and Local Jobs to Pittsburg

By |2019-10-11T11:10:49-07:00December 19th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

In preparation for the launch of a new call center in Pittsburg that will serve MCE, a five-day workforce development training was organized by Future Build East County, the City of Pittsburg, Calpine, and AnswerNet. Electricity service to nine additional communities in Contra Costa County will begin in April 2018. This is the first [...]

Environmental Victory in California: Marin County Chooses 100% Renewable Energy

By |2019-10-11T11:09:15-07:00December 19th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

This fall, Marin became the first county in the state to have 100% renewable electricity for all of its county, town, and city municipal accounts. Together, all 12 municipalities have eliminated an estimated 3,570 metric tons of pollution, or the EPA equivalent of removing 764 cars from the road in one year. Belvedere was [...]

November 2017