Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing



If your property owner is working with the SOMAH program to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on your building, here’s what you can expect once your building goes solar.

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  • The PV system will provide clean energy for your home and for common areas like the laundry room, hallways and community spaces.
  • The PV system will be maintained and operated by your property owner or a contractor.
  • Maintenance and operations of your building’s PV system are at no cost to you. An approved SOMAH contractor will install the PV system.
  • After the PV system is installed and turned on, you will start to see credits that will lower your monthly utility bill.
  • You will have the opportunity to enroll in energy efficiency programs and will be connected to the Energy Savings Assistance Program, a no-cost weatherization service to help with energy saving.

How will you benefit?

  • You receive direct financial benefits on your energy bill.
  • You will not see an increase in rent due to the PV system being installed.
  • You will not be responsible for the maintenance or operational costs of the PV system.
  • Your building will be powered by clean renewable energy.
  • SOMAH provides paid job training opportunities.

Where does the funding come from?

The SOMAH program is funded by the State of California, using funds designated for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. SOMAH provides a number of no-cost services to tenants, ensuring that you do not pay anything to access clean energy.

SOMAH tenants enjoy benefits of solar energy savings

When you transition to solar, you will see changes to your utility bill. It is important to understand what these changes mean and how to maximize the savings you can receive.

How to Understand Your New Utility Bill

Energy Efficiency Tips

As a tenant of a building participating in the SOMAH program, you are eligible to receive paid job training.

Learn More

Do you have any complaints or concerns? Contact SOMAH using the Contact Us online form. The SOMAH program will review each complaint submitted and respond in writing within 30 days.

For more immediate issues, use the Tenant Hotline at 800-843-9728.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about how SOMAH will affect you? Need help interpreting your bill? Not seeing the credits you were expecting? We can help.

Call the Tenant Hotline