Funding for SOMAH projects has been renewed in February 2020 for Southern California Edison (SCE®) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E®) territories and in April 2020 for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E®) territory. Quarter 1 2020 funds are currently available in the PG&E territory. PG&E® funding will be released on a quarterly basis. Due to the large number of existing applications, the SDG&E® waitlist will remain closed.

Currently, funding is available in Liberty Utilities Company (Liberty Utilities), PacifiCorp, PG&E® and SCE® territories, and applicants are encouraged to apply.

Waitlisted applications

We recommend applicants in waitlisted utility territories to apply now in order to assure their position in line for future funding. Doing so may lock in the incentive rate available at the time of the application submission.

The SOMAH Program Administrator may close an individual utility waitlist at any time to preserve funding for future years and avoid excessive wait times. Waitlists are updated regularly and include the project application number, project size and requested incentive.

Program status by utility

Utility

Status

Liberty Utilities

Open to applications

PacifiCorp

Open to applications

PG&E®

Open to applications

SCE®

Open to applications

SDG&E®

Waitlist closed

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  • Current application data can be found within the SOMAH Working Dataset.
  • The SOMAH waitlists are public and updated weekly.
  • Each utility’s waitlist may exceed the next funding cycle’s incentive budget, so some applications may remain on the waitlist for more than a year.
    • SDG&E territory remains closed to new applications because the current waitlist is sizable.
  • As funding becomes available, applications will be moved off the waitlist in the order they were received. Project applications received after funding is exhausted will be added to a waitlist.
  • SOMAH stakeholders will be alerted when new funds are available by territory.

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Track A applications

Track B applications

  • Applicant submits a technical assistance request online via PowerClerk.
  • Applicant receives a SOMAH project number (XXX-SOMAH-XXXXX) and is placed on the waitlist in order of submittal time and date.
  • Applicant may receive Upfront Technical Assistance and participate in the multiple bid process while on the waitlist.
  • Once applicants receive an approved upfront technical assistance request, they have 90 days to submit their Reservation Request Package even if their application remains on the waitlist.
  • As funding becomes available through current funding attrition and reconciled funds or future funding cycles, the SOMAH PA will move each waitlisted project into Reservation Request Review in the order it was received.
  • Applicant submits the SOMAH Reservation Request online via PowerClerk with all required documents.
  • Applicant receives a SOMAH project number (XXX-SOMAH-XXXXX) and is placed on the waitlist in order of the submittal time and date.
  • As funding becomes available through current funding attrition and reconciled funds or future funding cycles, the SOMAH PA will move each waitlisted project into Reservation Request Review status in the order it was received.

Incentive levels will be reduced annually starting July 1, 2020, by either 5% or based on the National Renewable Energy Lab’s cost analysis (whichever is less). Applications submitted prior to the incentive step-down will lock in the incentive rate that is available at the time of the application submission.

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The program will continue to operate until 2029 with renewed annual funding of up to $100 million per year from the California Climate Investments initiative. Funds originate from cap-and-trade auction proceeds deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and used to further the state’s objectives to decarbonize and curb climate change.

Collections for each funding cycle are expected to be available between December and February, and the funds for each utility territory may be released at different times. Collections are based on each utility’s Energy Resource Recovery Account (ERRA) or Energy Cost Adjustment Clause (ECAC). For budget information and current available funding, please visit California Distributed Generation Statistics.

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SOMAH program’s year-one funding almost fully subscribed in first day

Since opening on July 1, 2019, SOMAH has received more than 250 applications for $157 million in funding representing over 78 megawatts (MW) of proposed solar power generating capacity. Nearly 90% of proposed capacity is allocated to directly benefit tenants. This initial application activity shows great interest in multifamily affordable solar and is a tremendous first step toward reaching SOMAH’s 10-year goal of installing 300 MW of solar generating capacity.