Your advocacy at this critical meeting can strengthen the demand for the kinds of sustainable, locally-generated energy projects we need going forward. Richmond managers, labor union representatives, and representatives from Marin Clean Energy (MCE), will discuss important conditions regarding the construction of the 10.5 megawatt Solar 1 project, including a 50% minimum local hire requirement.
What’s at stake is the viability of the community choice energy model, which challenges highly centralized, investor-owned businesses that are working every angle to maintain a foothold in this fast-changing market.
Resistance from the big utilities is inevitable, given what MCE promises:
- Big impact: At 10.5 MW, this solar facility will be the largest of its kind in Northern CA once it's complete. In the first year of operation, MCE's Solar 1 is expected to generate approx. 20,000 MWh of renewable power.
- Local jobs: This project has a 50% minimum local hire requirement. We are working directly with RichmondBUILD to implement this requirement and train the next generation of green collar workers. Those employed on this project will be paid at prevailing wages, and MCE has invited local unions to partner together on the construction of the project.
- Made in America: The project developer (Stion - http://www.stion.com/) with whom MCE has contracted is based in San Jose and the solar panels are manufactured in the United States.
- Smart land use: The project site is a capped landfill (aka 'brownfield) which cannot be used for any other purpose. It is being leased by Chevron at a nominal cost of $1/yr.
- Direct, voluntary ratepayer support: The project will be directly supported by MCE's Deep Green customers. Half of the additional $0.01/kWh it costs for MCE's 100% renewable option is reserved in our Local Renewable Development Fund. This revenue source will help pay for pre-development costs associated with the project.
If those are features of a sustainable energy infrastructure you can support, come to Wednesday’s meeting and make your voice heard.
The time for the general meeting is 7PM. However, MCE and the City of Richmond will also host an advocates meeting prior to the general meeting at 5:30PM. This will occur across the plaza in the Richmond Room, 450 Civic Center Plaza.
403 Civic Center Plz
Richmond, CA 94804
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