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February 2019

Tamalpais Community Services District Goes Local Sol 100% Renewable

By |2019-02-14T18:00:31-07:00February 14th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Photo courtesy of Tamalpais Community Services District Guest blog post by Heather Abrams, General Manager, Tamalpais Community Services District Tamalpais Valley is the gateway to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County. About 7,000 people live in this cozy wooded valley, which is located just 10 minutes North [...]

January 2019

MCE’s Plan Meets California Renewable Energy Standards Eleven Years Early

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00January 28th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org 250 MW New Renewables in 2018 Accelerate MCE’s Rapid Progress SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and community partners are leading the way in meeting California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. The passage of Senate Bill 100 [...]

December 2018

California CCAs Achieve 2,000-Megawatt Milestone for New Renewables

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00December 21st, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Long-term clean energy contract commitments by CCAs double in one year Recently, the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic [...]

October 2018

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 1

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00October 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Workforce Development Changing Landscapes: Creating Opportunities In today’s economic climate in the Bay Area, many struggle with the rising cost of living. MCE is committed to helping protect our communities from gentrification and displacement by supporting the development and training of local talent with skills necessary to access living-wage clean energy employment. The Bay [...]

June 2018

2018 Home Upgrade Guide

By |2018-09-27T14:18:20-07:00June 13th, 2018|Sustainability, NEM, The RE-Source|

Are you tired of wasting precious energy resources? Thinking about upgrading your home to be more energy efficient? Well you’re in luck! Here is our shocking energy saving guide for 2018: Magnetic Vent Covers What’s more exciting than air vents? Well, vent covers, of course! Simply using covers to block central air flow to unused rooms [...]

April 2018

MCE Solar (Three Hundred and Forty-) One

By |2018-04-24T15:39:27-07:00April 17th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

The following is a transcript of Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO's, speech given at the MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting Celebration. I’d like to start of by thanking all of our partners – RichmondBUILD, the City of Richmond, Cenergy Power, Chevron, and sPower. And thank you to MCE staff – especially, Greg Brehm, David Potovsky, Allen [...]

MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00April 17th, 2018|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, MCE Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org Think Globally, Build Locally MCE, sPower, and City of Richmond Celebrate Bay Area's Largest Public-Private Solar Partnership Richmond, Calif. — Today, project partners MCE and sPower commemorate Earth Day with a ribbon cutting for MCE Solar One, a [...]

March 2018

Breaking Barriers, Building Change: One Woman’s Story

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00March 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Photo courtesy of GRID Alternatives: Amaris Lujano (right) and Erin Shaw during a solar installation Guest blog post by Amaris Lujano, Assistant Project Manager, GRID Alternatives I’m the daughter of a General Contractor who grew up in a traditional Mexican household. I grew up around construction tools, [...]

August 2017

The Solar Eclipse & You: A Green Guide

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00August 9th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

Flex Your (Conservation) Power! To prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, MCE is urging all California residents and businesses to use this event as an opportunity to reduce electricity use by taking part in at least one action on the “Simple Plan for the Solar Eclipse.” This once-in-50-year celestial event will take place on Monday, [...]

June 2017

Local Union Labor Plan Announced for New Solar Construction

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00June 5th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE has partnered with solar developer Cenergy Power to build what will be the largest publicly-owned solar project in the Bay Area, MCE Solar One. The 60 acre, 10.5 MW ground mounted solar farm in Richmond, CA will support 341 jobs and provide power for 3,417 homes per year. The City of Richmond and MCE [...]

April 2017

Cooley Quarry Solar Farm & Local Sol: Powering Up Locally!

By |2017-04-27T14:20:36-07:00April 27th, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

On the heels of Earth Day, MCE unveiled a new, one megawatt, ground-mounted solar project at Cooley Quarry in unincorporated Novato. The solar farm is MCE’s fourth local Feed-In Tariff (FIT) project, which will provide power for customers who choose MCE’s new Local Sol energy service. “This is the second MCE solar project that will [...]

February 2017

Rooftop Solar Rates Update: The Timings They Are a Changin’

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00February 28th, 2017|NEM, The RE-Source|

Guest Blog post by Gopal Shanker, Récolte Energy President Last December PG&E reached its 5% cap for net energy metering (“NEM 1.0") — the program that solar customer-generators have been using to offset their annual electricity bills. For the next few years, net metered projects will be interconnected under the NEM successor program (“NEM 2.0”). [...]

New Two-Megawatt Freethy Industrial Park Solar Unveiled

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00February 14th, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

On Tuesday, February 14, MCE and JHS Properties unveiled Freethy Industrial Park, a new, two-megawatt, ground-mounted solar project in Richmond, marking the completion of MCE’s third Feed-In Tariff project. The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program invites local entrepreneurs to develop and sell renewable energy to MCE within its service area at a fixed price for twenty years. [...]

January 2017

(Green) Power to the People: Achieving a Sustainable Future

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00January 17th, 2017|Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Happy New Year from all of us at MCE! Whether or not you’re sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, here’s a good reason to give yourself a pat on the back: MCE customers have eliminated 122,102 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing 25,792 cars from the road for one year! [...]

December 2016

MCE’s Fifth Local Solar Project Brought Online at Larkspur Cost Plus Plaza

By |2016-12-13T15:57:15-07:00December 13th, 2016|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

Local real estate developer Rawson, Blum & Leon (RBL) is leveraging MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program to utilize unused rooftop space at its popular shopping center in Larkspur, CA. The project, built on the roof of Cost Plus, will deliver over 265 kilowatts AC (345 kW DC) of solar photovoltaic energy to the grid, enough [...]

November 2016

MCE Announces Charles F. McGlashan Award Winner

By |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00November 22nd, 2016|Awards, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE established the Charles McGlashan Advocacy Award in June 2011 to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of environmental leadership left behind by former founding MCE Chairman, Charles F. McGlashan. The award recognizes passion, dedication, and leadership in promoting MCE’s mission. On November 17, 2016, MCE’s Board of Directors recognized Sustainable Napa County (SNC) [...]

July 2016

MCE Solar Customers Earn $1 Million+ for Excess Energy Production in 2015-16

By |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00July 7th, 2016|NEM, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE recently completed its fifth annual cash out process for rooftop solar customers, offering $1,028,452 in check payments to buy the excess solar generated electricity from approximately 3,000 customers. “It’s gratifying to see so many customers receive checks through MCE’s net energy metering program,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Of the $1 million MCE [...]