Several months ago we had the opportunity to meet with our local MCE, or Marin Clean Energy, representatives. As the programming was rolled out in our neighboring communities, we stepped in to learn a bit more about how the MCE program could benefit our community. Our CEO Josh Aldrich asked some great questions when we met with our MCE representative. For access to the full interview, click HERE.
However, as time has passed and MCE has settled in to the community, we have come to realize with our new solar customers, that not everyone has made the decision to #OptIN to green energy. Although there are numerous benefits for everyone who uses electricity to #OptIn to MCE, there are extra advantages for homeowners with residential solar systems installed. This short article highlights some of the benefits of MCE.
What is MCE?
Marin Clean Energy, is a public, not-for-profit electricity provider that gives customers the choice of having 50% to 100% of the electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydro at ultra-competitive rates. By making the choice to #OptIN, MCE customers help support new in-state and local renewable energy generation. MCE provides local control to a Board of Directors in each community and does not use tax payer dollars. It does provide lower rates, choice of provider and service, environmental benefits and various energy saving and innovative programs.
MCE is available in many jurisdictions throughout the state – not just in Marin county. In Contra Costa County, PG&E customers in
- San Ramon
- unincorporated Contra Costa County
MCE is also an option for home and business owners in El Cerrito, Lafayette, San Pablo, Richmond, and Walnut Creek.
What are advantages for solar owners?
Most homeowners and business owners benefit immediately with the adoption of MCE as the electricity provider. However, as a homeowner or business owner with solar, there are even more advantages.
First, MCE has allocated over $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 Program are eligible for up to a $900.00 rebate.
Second, there are premium benefits for MCE solar customers who take advantage of MCE’s net metering program. For example, on such benefit is that MCE pays a premium rate for excess electricity produced and sent back into the grid. Plus, customers can roll over excess NEM credits monthly and cash out if their credits account for more than $100 in April.
How do I sign up?
If you are already enrolled in PG&E’s NEM program and you switch to MCE, you will automatically be enrolled in MCE”s NEM program.
For new customers, you are automatically enrolled in MCE’s NEM program, too! As soon as PG&E gives your solar installation company permission to operate your new solar system, your enrollment will be automatic.
PG&E and MCE work closely together. Even if you #OptIN to MCE, PG&E will be a part of your energy relationship. PG&E is still the provider of the grid and the storage of energy. ON your PG&E statement, you will see a line added that explains any credits or spending accrued with MCE.
An Important Partnership
News of environmental disaster has been inundating news channels lately. It is imperative that we work together to become more dependent on green, renewable energy. Installing a commercial or a residential solar system is one strategy. Partnering with MCE is another. This will ensure a greater, green future. Reach out to one of our Energy Adviser’s to learn more about installing a solar system on your home. And then be sure to #OptIN to MCE.
To get your facts about MCE, watch the video below:
Pete Jacoway is Del Sol Energy’s Senior Energy Adviser. He said his commitment to the solar industry was a “natural transition” from the Western industry where he began his career. His roots are grounded in Historic downtown Brentwood where his family owned a traditional western store geared toward farm and ranch owners in the far East Contra Costa community.
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