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) and FIT Plus programs incentivize the development of small-scale renewable energy projects (like solar, wind, or biomass up to five megawatts) 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.

Advantages 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 existing service area or new communities.

Join the growing list of successful Feed-in Tariff projects that are already online and serving MCE customers.

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.

FIT and FIT Plus are wholesale energy supply programs 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.

FIT Projects (0-1 MW)

FIT Materials

Bonus Incentives for Small Projects

  • Financial incentives added to projects that are less than 250 kW
  • Bonus payments given for projects that are less than 250 kW for the first 5 years
  • Financial incentives are available for the first 5 years for small projects that do not take greenfield

FIT Price Schedule

The current FIT pricing* is determined by the number of confirmed program participants and is therefore subject to change. Allocations in the program are secured on a first come first serve basis. Please review this FIT document (pdf) for additional information.

MCE FIT is currently in Condition 8, which offers the following price:

$0
Peak, Baseload and Intermittent Energy Price per MWh
ConditionRemaining Capacity
(MW)
Price
(per MWh, 20-year term)
Condition 82.0$85.00
Condition 92.0$80.00
Condition 102.0$75.00
Condition 112.0$70.00
Condition 122.0$65.00

Total FIT applications under review: 0
Total MWs under review: 0

*Capacity allocations are subject to change and are updated on a monthly basis.

ConditionRemaining Capacity
(MW)
Peak Energy Prices
(per MWh, 20-year term)
Baseload Energy Prices
(per MWh, 20-year term)
Intermittent Energy Prices
(per MWh, 20-year term)
Condition 10$137.66$116.49$ 100.57
Condition 20$120.00$105.00$ 95.00
Condition 30$115.00$100.00$ 90.00
Condition 40$110.00$95.00$ 90.00
Condition 50$105.00$95.00$ 90.00
Condition 60$95.00$95.00$ 90.00
Condition 70$90.00$90.00$ 90.00

FIT Plus Projects (>1-5 MW)

FIT Plus Price Schedule

The current FIT Plus pricing* is determined by the number of confirmed program participants and is therefore subject to change. Allocations in the program are secured on a first come first serve basis. Please review this FIT Plus document (pdf) for additional information.

MCE FIT Plus is currently in Condition 1, which offers the following price:

$0
Peak, Baseload and Intermittent Energy Price per MWh
ConditionRemaining Capacity (MW)Energy Price (per MWh, 20-year term)
Condition 15.0$80.00
Condition 25.0$75.00
Condition 35.0$70.00
Condition 45.0$65.00

Total FIT Plus applications under review: 0
Total MWs under review: 0

*Capacity allocations are subject to change and are updated on a monthly basis.

Feed-In Tariff FAQ

MCE’s FIT and FIT Plus are wholesale renewable energy purchase programs that allow owners/developers of small-scale (up to 5 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, unincorporated Contra Costa County, and the Cities of Benicia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, 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 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 or FIT Plus power purchase contract is a 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 participants should remain in contact with MCE staff to coordinate the contracting process and other key elements of the FIT and FIT Plus relationship. Once a FIT or FIT Plus Application is submitted to MCE, you will be assigned a designated point of contact within MCE to facilitate various elements of the process.

As the organization responsible for distribution system planning, maintenance, and safety, PG&E is responsible for overseeing small generator interconnection. Eligible 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 or FIT Plus application can only be approved 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 projects will likely follow PG&E’s distribution interconnection process for small generators.

Yes. Any interested 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 and FIT Plus participants are encouraged to contact local planning authorities/agencies at their earliest opportunity to avoid development setbacks. Please be advised that a FIT or FIT Plus application can only be approved (creating eligibility for contract execution by MCE) after the project receives a conditional use permit, Notice of Determination, or a demonstrated clear path from the local planning agency.

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 MCE’s Feed-in Tariff mailbox at FIT@mcecleanenergy.org.