The Marin Energy Authority announced Oct. 24 that the first local 1 MW photovoltaic project, located at the San Rafael airport, started sending power into the grid. Marin, California\u2019s first community choice aggregator launched in May 2010, signed a deal with Shell North America to replace power from Pacific Gas & Electric until 2017. Marin Energy Authority said its long-term goal was to provide power from local alternative energy projects. Marin is buying the output of the new 1 MW solar rooftop project under a 20-year feed-in tariff deal for $.13 cents\/kWh. Nearly 5,000 photovoltaic panels sit atop 48 airport hangers at the privately owned San Rafael Airport, which also owns the project. The PV facility was built by Synapse Electric. Half the project financing is from Bank of Marin and the other half is provided by a local businessman, Joe Shekou. As of Oct. 29, 4 percent of Marin\u2019s load is to be provided by the photovoltaic project at the airport and a biogas project from Recurrent Energy, according Jamie Tuckey, Marin Energy Authority spokesperson. . Marin\u2019s load is 1 million MWh a year, with Shell North America supplying all the electricity until this week. Residents who don\u2019t opt out of Marin\u2019s community aggregation program can buy electricity supplies that are half or all renewable. Marin has 70 MW of renewable projects under development, Tuckey said. That includes plans to build a 1 MW solar-covered shade structure on an existing parking lot in Marin County expected to be online next year PG&E only supplies cities in the county that declined to join Marin Energy, as well as residents that opted out of the program. The investor-owned utility continues to distribute all of the energy.