Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Plus

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Benefits

Contracts

Are standardized, 15-year fixed term

Earn with Solar

Easily project your revenue based on set generation and storage pricings

Eligibility

  • Generation sized 1-5 MW (inverter nameplate)
  • Storage attached to solar sized at 180% of generator inverter nameplate
  • Located in MCE’s service territory

Price schedule

FIT Plus pricing is determined by the number of participating projects and is subject to change. Allocations in the program are first come, first served. Remaining capacity is updated on a monthly basis.

MCE FIT Plus is currently in Condition 5, which offers the following pricing:

$ 0 per MWh
Condition Remaining Capacity (MW) Energy Price (per MWh 20-year term)
Condition 1
0
$80
Condition 2
0
$75
Condition 3
0
$70
Condition 4
0
$65
Condition 5
10.8
$60
Condition 6
5
$55
Total FIT Plus applications under review
0
Total MWs under review
0

Frequently Asked Questions

MCE’s Net Energy Metering program allows customers to power their own home or business from renewable generating systems — usually located on the rooftop — connected to their meter.

FIT Plus is a wholesale energy supply program designed to provide competitive, predictable energy prices for local, small-scale renewable energy developers over a defined contract duration. The standard agreement offered by MCE eliminates the need for contract negotiations, provides a basis for securing project financing, and provides certainty about the revenue stream generated by the project. FIT Plus energy suppliers are not required to be MCE customers.

Storage capacity is required to be installed at 180% of the AC Inverter Nameplate of the system. Storage must be of four-hour duration. Please see the tariff and PPA for additional information.

Non-baseload resources do not run 24/7. They are intermittent resources such as solar or wind. The program caps the annual output of each solar facility at 2,800 megawatt hours per year and 3,600 megawatt hours per year for all other technologies

The Inverter Load Ratio is the ratio of the DC system to the AC inverter size. Increasing the Inverter Load Ratio results in more megawatt hours produced by each installed AC megawatt, as greater generation can occur during off-peak months.

A standardized contract or standard offer is a process used throughout the electric utility industry to simplify the contracting process for renewable energy products. One example of a standard offer is MCE’s FIT Plus power purchase contract. Standard offers typically specify participatory requirements and contract documents that may not be negotiated by either party (the buyer or seller). To the extent that prospective participants are able to satisfy all applicable participatory requirements (without exception), the sponsoring utility will execute a power purchase contract (the standardized contract), creating a long-term supplier relationship with the seller. Smaller-scale project developers/owners may benefit from these processes by eliminating the need for prolonged negotiating efforts, related legal and administrative expenses, and delayed development timelines.

For questions related to generator interconnection, contact wholesalegen@pge.com.

As the organization responsible for distribution system planning, maintenance, and safety, PG&E is the primary contact for all matters related to generator interconnection. PG&E representatives will assist you with identifying applicable procedural requirements, potential costs, and pertinent scheduling details for your specific project(s).

While completing PG&E’s interconnection process, prospective MCE participants should remain in contact with MCE staff to coordinate the contracting process and other elements of the FIT Plus relationship. Once you submit a FIT Plus application to MCE, an MCE staff member will work with you directly.

Yes. As soon as prospective development sites are identified, owners/developers are encouraged to contact local permitting authorities (the city/town/county planning department for your project location). It is critically important to coordinate with local planning authorities to ensure the identification of applicable permitting requirements, potential environmental reviews, and other considerations that may impact project development schedules, costs, and resource commitments. While MCE’s Board includes local elected representatives, MCE’s operating and decision-making authority do not cover such matters.


Please note: FIT Plus applications can be approved (creating eligibility for contract execution by MCE) only after the project receives a conditional use permit, Notice of Determination, or a demonstrated clear path from the local planning agency. To avoid development setbacks,  prospective FIT Plus participants are strongly encouraged to contact local planning authorities/agencies at their earliest opportunity.

The project cost depends on the system type and size. The rule of thumb for calculating the space requirements for an installation is approximately 200 square feet per kilowatt. For help with feasibility assessments, please contact us at fit@mceCleanEnergy.org.

 

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