SOMAH makes communities stronger
The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program provides financial incentives for installing photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on multifamily affordable housing. The program will deliver clean power and credits on energy bills to hundreds of thousands of California’s affordable housing residents.
SOMAH’s unique, community-based approach ensures long-term, direct economic benefits for low-income households, helps catalyze the market for solar on multifamily housing and creates jobs.
The SOMAH program serves utility and community choice aggregator customers in the territories of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Liberty Utilities Company and PacifiCorp. Funded through greenhouse gas allowance auction proceeds, SOMAH has a program budget of up to $100 million annually and an overall target to install 300 megawatts of generating capacity by 2030.
The program is designed to be transparent and accountable to the communities it serves. It is administered by a team of nonprofit organizations, which provides a host of no-cost services to maximize participation and community benefit. Services include comprehensive technical assistance for property owners, tenant education resources and job training. A community advisory council provides input into program development and helps ensure the program maximizes benefits to communities.
Waitlist and funding status
Funding for SOMAH projects has been renewed in February 2020 for Southern California Edison (SCE®) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E®) territories. However, due to the large number of existing applications, the SDG&E® waitlist will remain closed. Funds are currently expended in the PG&E® service territory and applications for new projects are being put on a waitlist. For more budget information and current available funding, please visit California Distributed Generation Statistics.