Solar Rebates and Discounts for MCE Customers

$900 Solar Rebate for Income Qualified Customers

MCE has allocated $345,000 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. To apply please contact GRID Alternatives and complete the form 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.

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 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 form to MCE at info@mceCleanEnergy.org or by mail:
MCE Solar Rebate Program
1125 Tamalpais Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Required forms:

  1. MCE Solar Rebate Application & Disclaimer Form (pdf)
  2. Either:
    • 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
      system

*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
    Email: info@risingsunenergy.org
  • 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.

Solar and EV Discounts Available to MCE Customers Through SunShares

SunShares is a renewable energy group purchase program that makes it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or purchase an electric vehicle. Any Bay Area resident can access discounts on electric vehicles (EVs) and install rooftop solar at prices well below market rates through the SunShares program. MCE is engaging our customers in this limited time offer to help our communities achieve their clean energy goals.

Register by November 15th to receive a no-cost, no-obligation solar proposal for your rooftop and financing options. To learn more, please visit: www.bayareasunshares.org.

Are you a solar provider or EV dealership interested in offering your services to SunShares participants? The SunShares program helps solar and EV companies reduce the high costs associated with marketing and customer acquisition, allowing the companies to offer discounted pricing. For more information about becoming a SunShares-qualified provider, contact Christina Armour, Business Council on Climate Change Program Director at christina@bc3sfbay.org.

SunShares is a project of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), a non-profit working with Bay Area organizations to take collective action on sustainability issues.

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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 low-income 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.