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Energy Resilience

From running our refrigerators to powering our lights, electricity is essential for our daily activities. When the power goes off either unexpectedly or as the result of a planned PG&E public safety power shutoff (PSPS) event, the impacts to homes and businesses can be large. MCE can help you take action to reduce the effects of a power outage before the next one occurs so that you can continue to have energy at your home or business.

Keep Your Power on During a Grid Outage

MCE created a $6 million resiliency fund to help alleviate grid outages that threaten our community’s safety, health, and welfare, and disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. In addition, the Marin Community Foundation awarded MCE a two-year $750,000 grant through the Buck Family Fund to install solar plus storage at nonprofit, critical facilities and affordable, multifamily properties in Marin County. We want to use advanced clean energy technologies like battery storage to keep your power on during PSPS events and other outages, all while minimizing the use of carbon-emitting generators and fossil fuel technologies.

Reduce Your Energy Bill

An energy storage system can be beneficial even when there isn’t a power outage. The stored energy can be used to provide power to your home or business in the evening peak hours (typically 4-9 pm) when rates are usually higher. This allows you to use your stored energy instead of pulling energy off the grid, helping to avoid higher rates and reducing your energy bill.

Energy Resilience Offerings for Residential Customers

Energy Resilience Offerings for Commercial & Critical Facility Customers

FAQ

Microgrids provide backup power during outages and can also be used to reduce costs. Microgrids allow communities to be more energy independent and are more environmentally friendly when powered with clean energy. When the grid goes down, buildings with solar plus storage disconnect (or “island”) from the grid to keep their own lights on by self-generating power.

There are a number of applications of microgrids, from powering emergency response buildings to providing grid resilience for communities with a large population of people whose health would be put at risk by a prolonged power outage. In fact, one of the major benefits of a microgrid is that it can extend beyond a single house or building to create a tiny electricity-isolated island within a community. For example, a microgrid between a fire department, a school, and a senior center could provide benefits to first responders, an at-risk population, and a possible emergency shelter all within one interconnected and resilient microgrid system.

MCE wants to mitigate the impacts of grid outages threatening the safety, reliability, health and welfare of our customers, which disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, while supporting decarbonization and statewide efforts to improve overall grid reliability. As our mission is to address climate change by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, we support backup power solutions that minimize the use of polluting generators and fossil fuel technologies.

Yes. Public safety power shutoff (PSPS) events impact all customers regardless of their enrollment with MCE. However, MCE customers may participate in MCE’s battery energy storage programs, which provide backup power solutions.

The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers financial incentives for the installation of clean, efficient and cutting-edge technologies that are designed to meet all or a portion of a customer’s electric energy needs.

SGIP is funded by utility ratepayers, including PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, and SoCal Gas customers.

Yes. Systems are eligible for a reservation up to 12 months after receiving authorization to interconnect from PG&E.
While there is no limit to the number of systems on a project site, there is a limit to the overall capacity on site. The combined kW capacity of all the technologies may not exceed peak demand over the last 12 months. SGIP incentivizes systems up to 6 MWh for storage. Systems sized 10 kW and less are exempt from sizing requirements.
Yes. Technologies and resources qualifying for the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program are still eligible to participate in SGIP. Participation in the NEM program will not affect a project’s SGIP incentive payment.

Contact Us

For more information about our energy resilience offerings, please contact us at info@mceCleanEnergy.org.