Sustainability

Answers to 7 FAQs about Charging Electric Vehicles at Home

One of the most underrated benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) is being able to permanently remove “go to the gas station” from your Errands To Do List. With an EV, you can “refuel” at the most convenient place: your home. Home EV charging is easy to set up, but can be new territory for [...]

MCE Partners for 160 MW New California Solar Energy

Longroad Energy Acquires First Solar's Little Bear Solar Portfolio FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2020 MCE Press Contact: Jenna Famular, Communications Manager (925) 378-6747 | jfamular@mcecleanenergy.org TEMPE, Ariz. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — US-headquartered First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced today that Longroad Energy is the acquirer of four solar projects with a combined capacity [...]

New Incentives and Improvements Added to MCE’s Feed-in Tariff Program

MCE’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program was created in 2010 to promote the development of new renewable energy projects in MCE’s service area. By providing a standard offer contract with fixed pricing to developers at above-market rates, MCE aims to help overcome barriers to Bay Area renewable energy development. To date, MCE’s FIT program has [...]

Pollinator-Friendly Ground Cover Now Required for New Solar Projects

MCE is excited to announce a pollinator program requirement designed to safeguard critical habitats.* MCE is the first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that requires new solar project partners to plant pollinator-friendly ground cover throughout the project site and submit a pollinator scorecard every three years. This new requirement – which applies to both [...]

MCE Approved for $750,000 Grant to Support Critical Resiliency Facilities

The Marin Community Foundation recently approved a two-year grant of $750,000 to MCE through the Buck Family Fund. MCE will use the grant to support clean energy resiliency for nonprofit critical facilities and affordable housing in Marin County. In the face of wildfire threats, we recognize that the decision to shut off electricity service is [...]

Top 3 Ways Electric Vehicles Save You Money

Once considered niche, EVs were initially promoted as luxury cars with a six-figure sticker price. Today, the growing number of public charging stations and lower costs make EVs a compelling option for car shoppers. There are now several rebates that can make the cost of buying or leasing an EV even less than a gas-fueled [...]

Announcing MCE’s 2020 Open Season Request for Offers

As part of MCE’s mission to reduce electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions by offering customers competitively-priced renewable electricity service options, MCE is pleased to announce its 2020 Open Season procurement process. Open Season provides a competitive and objectively-administered opportunity for qualified suppliers of energy and energy storage products to fulfill MCE’s resource requirements. The specific products [...]

Fairfield Votes to Request MCE Membership

On December 3, 2019, the City of Fairfield (Solano County) voted to request membership in MCE service. The City has been engaging with MCE for the past year, receiving several public presentations and hearing from the public regarding the decision to join MCE. At the December 3rd council meeting, the five-person council voted unanimously [...]

Two More Cities in Solano & Contra Costa Counties Join MCE

Electricity Customers in Pleasant Hill & Vallejo to Gain Choice & Renewable Energy Options in 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 25, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On November 21, 2019, MCE’s Board of Directors approved membership for the Cities of [...]

MCE Commits $3 Million to Support Local Resiliency Projects in the Wake of PG&E Power Shutoffs

New investments are part of MCE’s comprehensive strategy for supporting communities and vulnerable customers across its four-county service area FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 22, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE’s Board voted last night to commit $3 million to support [...]

Drive Clean Bay Area Partnership Promotes Electric Vehicles

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) [...]

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

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 [...]

8 Elements of a Green & Healthy Home

A green and healthy home supports the well-being of the people living there in many different ways. Ensure your home is clean, healthy, and safe by following Green and Healthy Homes' (GHHI’s) 8 Elements of a green and healthy home. A green and healthy home is: DRY • Always clean spills and floods immediately [...]

One of Largest Operational CCA Solar Projects in California Now Online

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 [...]

Breaking Ground on New 3 MW Solar Project in Napa County

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 [...]

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

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

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, [...]

Solano County Joins MCE in Community Choice

Electricity Customers in County’s Unincorporated Areas to Gain Renewable Energy Options in 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On February 19, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Solano County’s membership within MCE’s Joint Powers Authority, [...]