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Solar Rebates and Discounts for MCE Customers

Disadvantaged Communities Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) Program

Before contracting for your solar system, see if you are eligible for a FREE solar system by completing this GRID Alternatives form. The Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program is implemented by GRID Alternatives. For the DAC-SASH Program, you must:

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MCE is a proud partner of GRID Alternatives

MCE Solar Rebate Program

MCE has allocated $535,000 in rebates to income qualified MCE customers and property owners who install solar.

$900 Single Family Solar Rebate
MCE residential customers who live in a single family home and earn 80% or less of their county’s area median income (see table below), qualify for MCE’s Single Family Solar Rebate. MCE strongly recommends completing the GRID Alternatives form first to see if you are eligible for a free solar system and scheduling a a free in-home energy audit to maximize the benefits of your solar installation. For more information and to apply, please click on the toggle below.

Number of People in Household Contra Costa Annual Household Income Marin Annual Household Income Napa Annual Household Income Solano Annual Household Income
1 person $73,100 $97,600 $60,100 $51,800
2 person $83,550 $111,550 $68,650 $59,200
3 person $94,000 $125,500 $77,250 $66,600
4 person $104,400 $139,400 $85,800 $73,950
5 person $112,800 $150,600 $92,700 $79,900
6 person $121,150 $161,750 $99,550 $85,800
7 person $129,500 $172,900 $106,400 $91,700
8 person $137,850 $184,050 $113,300 $97,650

Multifamily Solar Rebate [Maximum rebate rate available: $1.50 / Watt (AC)]
If you are a Multifamily Property who is served by MCE and Deed Restricted to serve income-qualified tenants, or have gone through MCE’s Low-Income Families and Tenants (LIFT) income-verification process you may be eligible for MCE’s Multifamily Solar Rebate. Please see the application form in the toggle below for more details and requirements.

MCE strongly recommends scheduling a free energy audit at your property to improve your efficiency and maximize the benefits from a solar installation. More information on how to sign up for a consultation can be found in the toggle below.

What qualifies?
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, Unincorporated Solano 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, 2019. (Exceptions may apply due to previous agreements with partners.) Applications will not be accepted once funds are exhausted and/or after March 31, 2020.

How do I apply?
If you live in a single family residence and want to install solar, complete the GRID Alternatives form to see if you are eligible for a free solar system.

If you are a Multifamily Residence property owner, MCE strongly recommends reviewing Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing Program (SOMAH) and California Low Income Weatherization Program (LIWP), as these resources provide larger financial incentives than MCE can currently offer for PV systems.

If you do not qualify for free single family solar through GRID Alternatives, or wish to continue with MCE’s Multifamily Solar Rebate Application process, please complete one of the required forms and documentation below:

Send your completed form to MCE by email: or by mail:
MCE Solar Rebate Program
1125 Tamalpais Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

When will I receive the rebate?
From the time MCE receives your completed application, it will take approximately one month for you to receive your rebate check in the mail. You will be notified through email as soon as your application has been processed for payment.

How do I schedule a free energy efficiency consultation for my single family home?
To determine if you’re eligible for a free Energy Efficiency consultation please contact:

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (for Marin County)
    Phone: (415) 416-6660
  • Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development Weatherization Program (for Contra Costa County)
    Phone: (925) 674-7214
  • Rising Sun Energy Center for a Green House Call (for Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano County)
    Phone: (510) 665-1501
  • PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program (for Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano County)
    Phone: 1 (888) 216-8463

How can I get assistance with energy efficiency for my multifamily property?
We are committed to helping you find the resources you need and answering any questions you might have. Please reach out to for assistance.

Steps to Going Solar

Going Solar FAQ

The size of your solar system will depend on a number of factors including your energy usage, roof configuration, and goals. For example, some customers size their system to reduce their usage just enough to avoid paying for electricity at expensive, high-tier rates. Other customers opt to eliminate their carbon footprint by sizing their system to offset all of their usage.

Yes, it is possible to oversize a solar system to generate excess revenue through MCE’s Net Energy Metering program, as long as the primary purpose of the solar installation is to provide electricity for on-site use. However, California Solar Initiative rebates are only available for the part of the system that offsets current electricity usage. In addition, customers are still required to interconnect with PG&E, which does not generally allow customers to interconnect systems that exceed 110% of on-site electric demand.

The cost of a solar PV system depends on the system size, equipment options (e.g., the make and model of panels and inverters), permitting fees, and labor costs.

The Federal Investment Tax Credit (set to phase out from 2019 – 2022) currently provides a credit of 30% of the net cost of the installed system. Please consult a tax professional for more information before making any purchasing decisions.

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is currently accepting applications for rebates from income-qualified customers through the following two programs:

  • Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing Program (SASH) – The SASH program provides incentives to offset the costs of installing solar on low-income single family homes in California. GRID Alternatives is the Program Administrator.
  • Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program (MASH) – The MASH program provides incentives to offset the costs of installing solar on multi-family affordable housing buildings in California such as apartment buildings.

General CSI rebates have reached their full capacity in PG&E (and MCE’s) service area, and are no longer available. Certain commercial rebates may become available, pending any unbuilt systems in the coming months.

No. Customers are not required to install energy efficiency improvements before installing solar or participating in the NEM program. However, we strongly encourage customers to take energy efficiency measures before installing solar to lower your energy bill. Additionally, taking steps to maximize energy efficiency before installing solar can allow you to reduce the size of the system you are planning on installing.