MCE is pleased to announce the re-launch of its Feed-In Tariff (FIT) programs – FIT and FIT Plus. Updates to the program include:

  • Requiring all new solar generators to pair projects with energy storage
  • Requiring all new solar generators to install pollinator-friendly habitat
  • A $7 per megawatt hour incentive for non-solar, non-baseload renewable technologies
  • A $10 kilowatt per month energy storage incentive for FIT Plus projects
  • New MCE member community, unincorporated Solano County now eligible for project development

There is a 45-day grace period starting from the program re-launch date. During this time, applicants may choose to apply under the 2019 or 2020 FIT program guidelines and materials until April 9, 2020. After April 9, 2020, all projects must apply under the 2020 guidelines and materials. If you have any questions, please contact us at FIT@mceCleanEnergy.org.

FIT (Projects 0-1 MW)
FIT Plus (Projects >1-5 MW)

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.

illustrated map of Feed-In Tariff eligible locations in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Solano Counties

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

Applicants may choose to apply under the 2019 or 2020 FIT program guidelines and materials until April 9, 2020. After April 9, 2020, all projects must apply under the 2020 guidelines and materials.

2020 FIT Program Materials

2019 FIT Program 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 the FIT Tariff, Application and Power Purchase Agreement for additional information.

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

$0
Peak, Baseload and Intermittent Energy Price per MWh
Condition Remaining Capacity
(MW)
Price
(per MWh, 20-year term)
Condition 8 .06 $85.00
Condition 9 2.0 $80.00
Condition 10 2.0 $75.00
Condition 11 2.0 $70.00
Condition 12 2.0 $65.00

Total FIT applications under review: 2
Total MWs under review: 1.01

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

Condition Remaining 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 1 0 $137.66 $116.49 $ 100.57
Condition 2 0 $120.00 $105.00 $ 95.00
Condition 3 0 $115.00 $100.00 $ 90.00
Condition 4 0 $110.00 $95.00 $ 90.00
Condition 5 0 $105.00 $95.00 $ 90.00
Condition 6 0 $95.00 $95.00 $ 90.00
Condition 7 0 $90.00 $90.00 $ 90.00

FIT Plus Projects (>1-5 MW)

FIT Plus Materials

Applicants may choose to apply under the 2019 or 2020 FIT Plus program guidelines and materials until April 9, 2020. After April 9, 2020, all projects must apply under the 2020 guidelines and materials.

2020 FIT Plus Program Materials

2019 FIT Program Materials

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 the FIT Plus Tariff, Application and Power Purchase Agreement for additional information.

MCE FIT Plus is currently in Condition 3, which offers the following price:

$0
Peak, Baseload and Intermittent Energy Price per MWh
Condition Remaining Capacity (MW) Energy Price (per MWh, 20-year term)
Condition 1 0 $80.00
Condition 2 0 $75.00
Condition 3 7.0 $70.00
Condition 4 5.0 $65.00

Total FIT Plus applications under review: 1
Total MWs under review: 5

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

Feed-In Tariff Program FAQ

Applicants that reserved funds under the 2019 tariff can choose to either participate in the 2020 program under the new tariff or the 2019 tariff that was in place at the time of their application.

Applicants may choose to apply under the 2019 FIT program guidelines and materials or 2020 program guidelines and materials until April 9, 2020. After April 9, 2020, all projects must apply under the 2020 guidelines and materials.

Storage capacity is required to be installed at 40% of the AC Inverter Nameplate of the system. Storage must be of 4 hour duration. Please see the tariff and PPA for additional information.
Non-baseload resources do not run 24/7. They are intermittent resources such as solar or wind. The program caps the annual output of each solar facility at 2,800 MWhs/year and 3,600 MWhs/year for all other technologies.
The Inverter Load Ratio is the ratio of the DC system to the AC inverter size. Increasing the Inverter Load Ratio results in more MWhs produced by each installed AC MW as greater generation can occur during off-peak months.

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), local renewable energy projects to become long-term suppliers for MCE customers. All participating projects must be located within MCE’s service area, which includes Marin County, Napa County, unincorporated Contra Costa County, unincorporated Solano County, and the Cities and Towns 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 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 of renewable energy products. MCE’s FIT and FIT Plus power purchase contracts are examples of a standard offer. Standard offers typically specify 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.
If you have questions related to generator interconnection, please contact wholesalegen@pge.com.

As the organization responsible for distribution system planning, maintenance, and safety, PG&E is the primary contact for all matters related to generator interconnection. PG&E representatives will assist you in identifying applicable procedural requirements, potential costs, and pertinent scheduling details for 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 elements of the FIT and FIT Plus relationship. Once you submit a FIT or FIT Plus application to MCE, an MCE staff member will work with you through the FIT 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 note: FIT and FIT Plus applications 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. As soon as prospective development sites are identified, project developers are encouraged to contact local permitting authorities (e.g., the city/town/county planning department at your project(s) location). It is critically important to coordinate with local planning authorities 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 Board includes local elected representatives, MCE’s operating and decision making authority do not cover such matters.

Please note: FIT and FIT Plus applications 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. Therefore, prospective FIT and FIT Plus participants are strongly encouraged to contact local planning authorities/agencies at their earliest opportunity to avoid development setbacks.

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.
The project cost depends on the system type and size. The rule of thumb on the space requirements for an installation is approximately 200 square feet per kW. For help with feasibility assessments, please contact us at FIT@mceCleanEnergy.org.