We’re dedicated to encouraging customers to generate their own clean energy! Customers with solar power at their home or business can take advantage of MCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program, which is one of the most generous programs of its kind in California.
Premium Benefits for MCE Customers
We pay premium rates for excess electricity, crediting customers an extra $0.01/kWh.
Excess credits roll over month after month and never zero out.
Excess credits over $100 can be cashed out annually in April for their full retail value.
MCE bills NEM customers monthly, so you don’t end up with a year’s worth of charges at your true-up.
How MCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program Works
A special meter tracks the difference between the amount of electricity your solar panels produce and the amount of electricity you use during each billing cycle. When your panels produce more electricity than you use, you receive a credit on your bill. And if you earn credits of $100 or more, you’ll have an option to “cash out” each April.
MCE pays premium rates for excess electricity – crediting customers an extra $0.01/kWh –and rolls over excess credits every month.
Any MCE customer who meets PG&E’s NEM program requirements is eligible for MCE’s NEM program. Generally, this includes customers with renewable electric generation systems (such as solar, wind, biogas, and fuel cell installations) that are less than 1,000 kW. The average residential installation is 5 kW, and the average commercial installation is 100-200 kW.
MCE’s NEM program is only available to customers within the MCE service area (Marin and Napa Counties, 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). Customers outside of MCE’s service area can still apply for NEM through PG&E, but will not benefit from MCE’s rate tariff.
How to Enroll in MCE’s NEM Program
Current NEM Customers
If you’re already enrolled in PG&E’s NEM program and you switch to MCE, you will automatically be enrolled in MCE’s NEM program—no action is necessary. Both PG&E and MCE will perform a settlement of your account’s net charges and credits (known as a “true-up”) when your energy provider changes to MCE or back to PG&E. This settlement will result in a balance due for any usage charges owed to-date, or alternatively will result in a forfeiture of any excess credits on your account at that time.
New NEM Customers
MCE customers sign up for Net Energy Metering as normal through PG&E and will be automatically served by MCE’s NEM program.
PG&E is required to complete the NEM interconnection within 30 working days of receiving an application. If you don’t currently have an installed electric generation system, we recommend you first contact a solar or other energy system installer or professional who can guide you through installing a system and submitting an NEM application.
Final permission to operate your solar PV system and/or wind system is required by PG&E, regardless of whether or not you are an MCE customer. PG&E will review your completed application, along with a single-line diagram that is representative of your system. Upon a successful evaluation of your engineering review, PG&E will install your bi-directional meter. You may operate your PV system following receipt of a “Permission to Operate” letter.
$900 Solar Rebate for Income Qualified Customers
We have allocated nearly $80,000 to solar rebates and are currently offering rebates to low income MCE customers who install solar.
MCE residential customers who qualify for the Single-Family Affordable Solar Home (SASH) Program are eligible for this rebate. For more information click the toggle below or download this pdf. To apply please contact GRID Alternatives and complete the forms linked in the toggle.
Who is eligible for the $900 solar rebate?
MCE residential customers who qualify for the Single-Family Affordable Solar Home (SASH) Program.
MCE strongly recommends scheduling a free energy audit at your residence to improve your home’s efficiency and maximize the benefits from a solar installation. More information on how to sign up for a consultation can be found below.
Photovoltaic systems installed in MCE’s service area (Marin County and all incorporated cities and towns, Napa County and all incorporated cities and towns, Unincorporated Contra Costa County and the cities of Benicia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Ramon, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek).
The system must be purchased and/or building permits signed after April 1, 2018. (Exceptions may apply due to previous agreements with partners.) Applications will not be accepted once funds are exhausted and/or after March 31, 2019.
How do I apply?
Submit the required forms to MCE at info@mceCleanEnergy.org or by mail:
MCE Solar Rebate Program
1125 Tamalpais Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
- MCE Solar Rebate Program Application Form (pdf)
- MCE Solar Rebate Program Disclaimer Form (pdf)
- A copy of the signed Installation Services Agreement;* or
- Proof of SASH/MASH eligibility and a copy of the invoice for the purchase or installation of your solar
*If you have not yet purchased your solar system, you may reserve your rebate by submitting a copy of the signed initial building permit along with the MCE Solar Rebate Application Form and the MCE Solar Rebate Program Disclaimer Form. If you reserve a rebate you will have 6 months from the date of your rebate reservation to supply the additional forms required to receive your rebate. After 6 months your rebate reservation will be released.
When will I receive the rebate?
It will take approximately one month from the time MCE receives your completed application to the time you receive your rebate check in the mail. You will be notified as soon as your application has been processed for payment.
How do I schedule a free energy efficiency consultation?
To determine if you’re eligible for a free Energy Efficiency consultation please contact:
- Rising Sun Energy Center for a Green House Call (for Marin County and Contra Costa County Communities)
Phone: (510) 665-1501
- PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program (All MCE’s service territory)
Phone: 1 (888) 216-8463
We are committed to helping you find the resources you need and answering any questions you might have. Please contact us at info@mceCleanEnergy.org or call (415) 464-6010.