We promised local renewables. Now we’re delivering.

MCE has a total of 31 MW in our service area. Of those local projects ~25 MW are operational and delivering power and ~6 MW are under contract. Learn more about where this energy comes from.

American Canyon Solar, MCE’s 1st Napa County Project

Located on approximately 21 acres, the American Canyon Solar Project is MCE’s first Feed-In Tariff project in Napa County. The annual output from the project is estimated to generate enough clean, locally-produced electricity to power approximately 1,000 homes per year. Now that the project is online and serving customers, it’s paying back dividends to the environment by displacing conventional, greenhouse gas-emitting energy sources with renewable, pollution-free solar.

MCE Solar Charge, MCE’s Mission in Action

MCE’s 10th local renewable project is a great example of MCE’s mission in action. Built by a local workforce, the 80kW PV solar system powers 10 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports that are open to the public at MCE’s San Rafael office. The project will generate approximately 120,000 kWh per year, supporting up to 10 charging sessions at a time and offsetting usage in MCE’s adjacent office building.

MCE Solar Charge stations provide 100% renewably-powered EV charging in two ways:

  • When the sun is shining, the charging stations will draw energy from the solar array.
  • Any other time, MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy will be used to support electricity needs with a mix of 50% California wind and 50% California solar.

MCE Solar Charge was built by Marin-based American Solar Corporation, with EV stations funded in part by Transportation Authority of Marin and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

nine electric vehicles parked, connected to charging ports in MCE San Rafael office parking lot under carport shade structure

Biogas at the Central Marin Sanitation Agency

Central Marin Sanitation Agency (CMSA) processes wastewater solids, food waste, and other organic liquids to produce a biogas that fuels an electric generation system. This system powers the agency’s facilities, and delivers the excess renewable power to MCE through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff program. As the largest wastewater treatment facility in Marin County, CMSA creates a sustainable loop by converting the biogas produced by the treatment process into renewable energy.

MCE Solar One, The Bay Area’s Largest
Public-Private Solar Partnership

MCE Solar One was conceived by the Richmond community to integrate renewable energy and solar facilities in the Chevron Modernization Project. MCE teamed up with RichmondBUILD — which has successfully graduated hundreds of students and placed an impressive 80% of its graduates into well paying jobs — to train and hire its skilled, local graduates for the project.

Environmental and Local Benefits:

  • Expected to eliminate 3,234 metric tons of carbon dioxide in one year, equivalent to taking more than 680 fossil fueled cars off of the road annually*
  • Repurposed 60 acres of a remediated brownfield site
  • Supported 341 jobs
  • Maximized local economic benefits by requiring 50% local resident workforce and engaging Richmond–based contractors and supplier
*Based on the EPA’s greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator.

Landfill Gas-to-Energy at the Redwood Landfill

Yesterday’s trash is tomorrow’s electricity. Waste Management and MCE have ushered in a new era of power generation with the launch of a new landfill gas-to-energy plant. The state-of-the-art plant uses methane gas produced at the Redwood Landfill to power two reciprocating engines that generate electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This renewable energy source closes the loop on trash by turning a greenhouse gas, which was previously destroyed, into electricity. A sophisticated, multi-step scrubbing system removes carbon particulates, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide, making this plant the first of its kind to be nearly emissions free. At $14.5 million, the plant reflects Waste Management’s commitment to finding environmentally sustainable solutions to its operations, and MCE’s goal to source 100% renewable energy as close to customers as possible.

EO Products

Local manufacturers of natural and organic body care products, EO’s San Rafael headquarters and manufacturing plant is the site of MCE’s sixth Feed-In Tariff (FIT) project: a 60-kilowatt rooftop solar installation. As a participant of MCE’s FIT program, EO Products has added an additional revenue stream while further reducing their overall carbon footprint. As an MCE Deep Green Champion, when the sun isn’t shining, EO Products’ operations are powered by MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy service.

large scale rooftop solar system on commercial building, tree filled hillsides, clear sky, dusk

Oakley Executive RV Boat & Storage

Owner and solar developer Hayworth-Fabian, LLC have deepened their commitment to sustainability by expanding upon an existing 1.5 megawatt solar carport shade structure at Oakley Executive RV Boat & Storage. Built by Baja Construction, the 1-megawatt addition was developed under MCE’s Feed-In Tariff program, which incentivizes local development of small-scale renewable energy projects within MCE’s service area.

drone view of large scale solar system spread on multiple carport shade structures, agriculture land and delta in background