Think About Your Property in a New Light!

Install a solar project on your building’s rooftop, parking lot, or other unused space and tap into a brand new revenue stream! MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program incentivizes the development of small-scale renewable energy projects (like solar, wind, or biomass up to one megawatt) within our service area, contributing to a fossil-free energy future. That’s why MCE offers one of the most competitively priced FIT programs in California.

Advantage of Feed-In contracts:

  • standardized, 20-year term
  • fixed price per kWh generated
  • accurately reflects project revenue and can help secure project financing

You may benefit from MCE’s Feed-In Tariff program, if you have:

  • Property within MCE’s service area (counties of Marin and Napa, and cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek)
  • 25,000 sq. ft. of available space or more

Small Projects Making a BIG Difference

Feed-In Tariff vs. Net Energy Metering

MCE’s Net Energy Metering program allows customers to power their own homes or businesses from renewable generating systems – usually on their rooftops – connected to their meters.

Feed-In Tariff (FIT) is a wholesale energy supply program designed to provide competitive, predictable energy prices for local, small-scale renewable energy developers over a 20-year contract term. The standard agreement offered by MCE virtually eliminates the need for contract negotiations, can provide the basis for securing project financing, and should also provide a high level of certainty regarding the revenue stream generated by the project. FIT renewable energy suppliers are not required to be MCE customers.

Price Schedule

The current FIT pricing is determined by the number of confirmed program participants and is therefore subject to change. High premium pricing is secured on a first come first serve basis.

MCE FIT is currently in Condition 2, which offers the following prices:

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Peak Energy Price per MWh
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Baseload Energy Price per MWh
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Intermittent Energy Price per MWh
ConditionPeak Energy Prices
(20-year term, $/MWh)
Baseload Energy Prices
(20-year term, $/MWh)
Intermittent Energy Prices
(20-year term, $/MWh)
Condition 1$137.66$116.49$100.57
Condition 2$120.00$105.00$95.00
Condition 3$115.00$100.00$90.00
Condition 4$110.00$95.00$90.00
Condition 5$105.00$95.00$90.00
Condition 6$95.00$95.00$90.00
Condition 7$90.00$90.00$90.00

Additional information can be found at the FIT (pdf).

Feed-In Tariff FAQ

MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) is a wholesale renewable energy purchase program that allows owners/developers of small-scale (up to 1 megawatt in size), locally situated renewable energy projects to become long-term suppliers for MCE customers. At this point in time, all participating projects must be located within the MCE service territory, which includes Marin County, Napa County and the Cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek. Once the project owner/developer enters into a FIT contract with MCE and interconnects to PG&E’s distribution system, or “grid,” MCE will pay for electric energy generated by the project, consistent with the terms and conditions of the standard FIT contract.
A standardized contract, or standard offer, is a process used throughout the electric utility industry to simplify the contracting process associated with certain requisite energy products, particularly renewable energy. A FIT power purchase contract is one key example of a standard offer. Standard offers typically specify clearly defined participatory requirements and contract documents that may not be negotiated by either party (buyer or seller). To the extent that prospective participants are able to satisfy all applicable participatory requirements (without exception), the sponsoring utility will execute a power purchase contract (i.e., the standardized contract), creating a long-term supplier relationship with the seller. Smaller-scale project developers/owners may benefit from these processes by eliminating the need for prolonged negotiating efforts, related legal and administrative expenses, and delayed development timelines.
PG&E and MCE work in partnership to provide a broad range of services for their customers, and as the organization responsible for distribution system planning, maintenance, and safety, PG&E will be your primary point of contact for all matters related to generator interconnection. For matters related to generator interconnection, all questions should be directed to wholesalegen@pge.com. PG&E representatives should be able to assist you in identifying applicable procedural requirements, potential costs, and pertinent scheduling details related to your specific project(s). While completing PG&E’s interconnection process, prospective MCE FIT participants should remain in contact with MCE staff to coordinate the contracting process and other key elements of the FIT relationship. Once a FIT Application is submitted to MCE, you will be assigned a designated point of contact within MCE to facilitate various elements of the FIT process.
As the organization responsible for distribution system planning, maintenance, and safety, PG&E is responsible for overseeing small generator interconnection, including most FIT projects. Eligible FIT generators must follow PG&E’s prescribed small generator interconnection procedures, which can be reviewed on the PG&E website. Please be advised that a FIT application can only be approved (creating eligibility for FIT contract execution by MCE) after the project/project developer receives an executed interconnection agreement from PG&E.
All wholesale power purchase agreements are under FERC jurisdiction, unless FERC allows an exception. Depending on the interconnection voltage for an eligible renewable generation resource, the customer generator may need to follow PG&E (distribution level interconnection) or CAISO (transmission level interconnection) interconnection requirements. Most FIT projects will likely follow PG&E’s distribution interconnection process for small generators.

Yes. Any interested FIT project developer is encouraged to contact local permitting authorities (e.g., the planning department of the city/town/county in which your project(s) may be located) as soon as prospective development sites are identified. Coordination with local planning authorities is critically important to ensure the identification of applicable permitting requirements, potential environmental reviews, and other considerations that may impact project development schedules, costs, and resource commitments. While MCE’s membership includes representatives from local jurisdictions, MCE’s operating and decision making authority do not cover such matters.

Again, prospective FIT participants are encouraged to contact local planning authorities/agencies at their earliest opportunity to avoid development setbacks. Please be advised that a FIT application can only be approved (creating eligibility for FIT contract execution by MCE) after the project receives a conditional use permit (if required) or a Notice of Determination from the local planning agency stating that the project is exempt from environmental review.

An eligible renewable generation resource is defined as an electric generating facility meeting the California Renewables Portfolio Standard eligibility requirements described in the California Energy Commissions’ Renewables Portfolio Standard Guidebook. Please reference this document for specific guidelines.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The project cost depends on the type and size of the  system. The rule of thumb on the required space for an installation is approximately 200 square feet per kW. For help with feasibility, contact Power Supply Contracts Manager, David Potovsky, at dpotovsky@mceCleanEnergy.org.