Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program #
California’s Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing incentive program, also known as SOMAH, provides financial incentives to substantially offset the cost of a solar PV system on multifamily affordable housing buildings. SOMAH was introduced in late 2017 and launched in mid-2019. According their website, they have a program budget of up to $100 million annually.
Financial Benefits #
Solar installed through SOMAH must allocate a minimum of 51% of the energy produced to tenants through VNEM. Reduced electricity bills will help tenants live more affordably.
Employment Opportunities #
Tenants are eligible for paid solar installation training and employment opportunities. Additional solar contractor career resources are available including access to a job board and resume bank.
Eligibility Requirements #
- Have a qualified affordable housing regulatory agreement and five or more rental units
- 80% of residents must have income at or below 60% of the area median income or property is located in a state-designated disadvantaged community (CalEnviroScreen).
- Have individually metered units eligible for virtual net energy metering.
- Be an existing building with a certificate of occupancy.
- In PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, Liberty Utilities, or PacifiCorp utility service territory.