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 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.