100% Renewable Energy

Community Development Agency

What Can You Do?

  • Purchase 100% renewable energy
    Sign up for Deep Green with MCE Clean Energy, or PG&E. Using renewable electricity like wind and solar reduces demand for dirtier power sources like natural gas.
  • Switch to electric appliances
    Marin County residents have access to clean electricity powered by renewable resources and so, using electric appliances instead of those powered by natural gas can reduce GHG emissions. Consider heat pumps for HVAC and induction cooking to replace gas stoves and ovens. Talk to a Home Energy Advisor about your options.
  • Install solar panels
    You can lease or buy a solar system by leveraging financing and incentive programs. If your family is on a limited or fixed income, you may qualify to receive a no-cost system. Learn more at Marin Solar Program and GRID Alternatives.
  • Install battery back up at your home or business
    Installing a battery system will allow you to store renewable energy from an on-site solar system to use when that system is not producing power or in the event of a power outage. On-site battery storage may also be eligible for rebates. Learn more about one storage option at Tesla.

What is the County Doing?

  • Marin County unites to adopt 100% renewable energy
    In 2017, the County and all cities and towns became Deep Green customers and switched to 100% renewable energy. Together, all 12 municipalities have eliminated an estimated 3,570 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or the EPA equivalent of removing 764 cars from the road in one year!
  • Local Marin County renewable projects
    Novato: Gas-to-Energy at the Redwood Landfill
    This landfill gas to energy plant produces 3.9 MW, enough power for 5,000 homes annually. The state-of-the-art plant uses methane gas produced by garbage at the Redwood Landfill to power two engines that generate electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    San Rafael Solar at the San Rafael Airport
    In 2012, the San Rafael Airport installed 1 MW of solar on its airplane hangar roofs. The airport is selling 100% of the power to MCE through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff contract – enough electricity to power 300 homes a year.
    Novato “Local Sol” at Cooley Quarry, a New Community Solar Farm
    This 1 MW project can power 300 homes annually and supplies Local Sol customers with local 100% solar energy. Local Sol customers directly fund a new local solar project and promote the growth of our local green economy.
  • Renewable energy projects in the agricultural sector
    UC Cooperative Extension Dairy Advisor and Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, in partnership with the Marin Resource Conservation District are working with agricultural producers to secure funding for renewable energy projects to meet farm energy needs. This includes designing projects, submitting grant applications, and connecting with vendors for project implementation.