Sustainability

Answers to 7 FAQs about Charging Electric Vehicles at Home

One of the most underrated benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) is being able to permanently remove “go to the gas station” from your Errands To Do List. With an EV, you can “refuel” at the most convenient place: your home. Home EV charging is easy to set up, but can be new territory for [...]

MCE Partners for 160 MW New California Solar Energy

Longroad Energy Acquires First Solar's Little Bear Solar Portfolio FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2020 MCE Press Contact: Jenna Famular, Communications Manager (925) 378-6747 | jfamular@mcecleanenergy.org TEMPE, Ariz. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — US-headquartered First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced today that Longroad Energy is the acquirer of four solar projects with a combined capacity [...]

New Incentives and Improvements Added to MCE’s Feed-in Tariff Program

MCE’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program was created in 2010 to promote the development of new renewable energy projects in MCE’s service area. By providing a standard offer contract with fixed pricing to developers at above-market rates, MCE aims to help overcome barriers to Bay Area renewable energy development. To date, MCE’s FIT program has [...]

Pollinator-Friendly Ground Cover Now Required for New Solar Projects

MCE is excited to announce a pollinator program requirement designed to safeguard critical habitats.* MCE is the first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that requires new solar project partners to plant pollinator-friendly ground cover throughout the project site and submit a pollinator scorecard every three years. This new requirement – which applies to both [...]

MCE Approved for $750,000 Grant to Support Critical Resiliency Facilities

The Marin Community Foundation recently approved a two-year grant of $750,000 to MCE through the Buck Family Fund. MCE will use the grant to support clean energy resiliency for nonprofit critical facilities and affordable housing in Marin County. In the face of wildfire threats, we recognize that the decision to shut off electricity service is [...]

Top 3 Ways Electric Vehicles Save You Money

Once considered niche, EVs were initially promoted as luxury cars with a six-figure sticker price. Today, the growing number of public charging stations and lower costs make EVs a compelling option for car shoppers. There are now several rebates that can make the cost of buying or leasing an EV even less than a gas-fueled [...]

Two More Cities in Solano & Contra Costa Counties Join MCE

Electricity Customers in Pleasant Hill & Vallejo to Gain Choice & Renewable Energy Options in 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 25, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On November 21, 2019, MCE’s Board of Directors approved membership for the Cities of [...]

MCE Commits $3 Million to Support Local Resiliency Projects in the Wake of PG&E Power Shutoffs

New investments are part of MCE’s comprehensive strategy for supporting communities and vulnerable customers across its four-county service area FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 22, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE’s Board voted last night to commit $3 million to support [...]

MCE Releases Fall 2019 Update on Climate Action Advancements Across its Bay Area Service Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 14, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE released a new report today highlighting climate action advancements across the four Bay Area counties its serves — including a record number of local governments in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, [...]

Environmental Justice Advocate Stephanie Chen Joins MCE’s Regulatory and Legislative Policy Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE announced today that environmental justice advocate Stephanie Chen has joined its regulatory and legislative policy team, where Chen will be working to expand MCE’s consumer advocacy efforts and programs for [...]

Drive Clean Bay Area Partnership Promotes Electric Vehicles

MCE & Partners Aim to Reduce Emissions and Combat Climate Change Drive Clean Bay Area is a collaborative effort spanning nine counties and involving three of the region’s forward-thinking multi-jurisdictional organizations. The new campaign focuses on educating and motivating Bay Area residents and employees to replace their internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles (EV) [...]

MCE Receives Second Investment-Grade Credit Rating

After 2018 Investment-Grade Rating from Moody’s, New Fitch Rating Indicates Continued Stable Outlook FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 30, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On August 29, 2019, Fitch Ratings assigned a ‘BBB’ Issuer Default Rating to Marin Clean Energy (MCE), [...]

Community Power Coalition Advocate Training 2019

In July, members of our Community Power Coalition came together to share best practices and learn about how to lead campaigns for MCE's Deep Green 100% renewable energy, and engage in both local and statewide regulatory and legislative policy. MCE was excited to welcome our advocates to our Concord Office, and to both share [...]

New Napa County Solar Project Powers 1,000+ Homes Per Year

Renewable Properties & MCE Celebrate Completion of American Canyon Solar Project FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 27, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org Renewable Properties Press Contact: Stephanie Loucas 415-710-3834 | stephanie@renewprop.com NAPA COUNTY, Calif. — MCE and Renewable Properties celebrated the completion of MCE’s first local, renewable [...]

8 Elements of a Green & Healthy Home

A green and healthy home supports the well-being of the people living there in many different ways. Ensure your home is clean, healthy, and safe by following Green and Healthy Homes' (GHHI’s) 8 Elements of a green and healthy home. A green and healthy home is: DRY • Always clean spills and floods immediately [...]

One of Largest Operational CCA Solar Projects in California Now Online

MCE and sPower recently announced that they achieved commercial operations on a 130 MWdc solar project in Lancaster, California. The project, named Antelope Expansion 2, completed by sPower in December of 2018 will sell output to MCE under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). While California is home to many large solar projects, this [...]

Breaking Ground on New 3 MW Solar Project in Napa County

Construction began in April on MCE's first new renewable energy project in Napa County, the American Canyon Solar Project, after months of development, planning, and preparation. Renewable Properties developed the small-scale utility solar project that will supply MCE with 3 MWac of in-service area solar electricity. The project is expected to begin delivery of [...]

MCE Continues to Deliver on Mission with Completion of Latest Community Energy Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and American Solar celebrate the completion of MCE Solar Charge, MCE’s newest, local community energy project. MCE Solar Charge includes an 80kW PV solar system powering 10 Level 2 electric vehicle [...]