Application

Application & property caps

  • What is the latest waitlist information and funding status for SOMAH?

    The SOMAH program status fluctuates depending on funding and application volumes. For the most current information, please visit:

    Waitlist page

    Funding status (California DG Stats)

  • Is there a cap on the number of projects an owner can apply for?

    No, there is no cap on number of projects per property owner. Submitted projects receive an active reservation on a first-come, first-served basis if funding is available.

Bidding process

  • When does the bidding process become required? Will the customer be required to take the lowest bid, or can other factors be considered?

    The project bidding process is integrated into Track A and optional for Host Customers in Track B. For projects in Track A, the Host Customer will obtain multiple project bids after completion of Upfront Technical Assistance. Between that point and the Reservation Request submittal, the property owner will review the bids and select a contractor.

    The Host Customer is not required to select the lowest bid, and will be encouraged to take other factors into consideration such as local hiring, experience with VNEM, etc.

Technical assistance

  • What is the difference between Track A and Track B applications?
    • Track A is intended for property owners who would like to receive technical assistance services to help assess the solar potential at their property, and/or identify eligible contractors for their project. In addition, Track A integrates a project bidding process to ensure that systems are installed in a cost-competitive manner.
    • Track B is designed for property owners who do not require technical assistance to submit a project reservation and have identified an eligible contractor they would like to work with for their project. The project bidding process is optional for Track B applications.
  • What services are offered through Standard Technical Assistance (TA)?

    Standard TA services are related to energy efficiency, project financing and general project management and construction support.

    Standard Technical Assistance services are designed for projects in both Track A and Track B.

    Examples of Standard TA:

    • Identify energy efficiency opportunities and review program compliance requirements
    • Assist in achieving net zero energy targets
    • Provide coordination and referrals to other clean energy programs
    • Assist in meeting Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program requirements

    Technical Assistance information

  • How do I get Standard TA?

    You may request Standard TA at any point after the Reservation Request Package has been submitted by submitting an online request form.

Track A vs. Track B

  • What is the difference between Track A and Track B applications?
    • Track A is intended for property owners who would like to receive technical assistance services to help assess the solar potential at their property, and/or identify eligible contractors for their project. In addition, Track A integrates a project bidding process to ensure that systems are installed in a cost-competitive manner.
    • Track B is designed for property owners who do not require technical assistance to submit a project reservation and have identified an eligible contractor they would like to work with for their project. The project bidding process is optional for Track B applications.

Waitlist

  • What is the latest waitlist information and funding status for SOMAH?

    The SOMAH program status fluctuates depending on funding and application volumes. For the most current information, please visit: