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SOMAH program waitlist

Launched in July 2019, the SOMAH program’s current funding is exhausted in SDG&E, PG&E and SCE territories, and applications are being put on waitlists. Funding for the SOMAH program will be renewed between December 2019 and February 2020. Funding is available in Liberty Utilities and PacifiCorp territories, and applicants are encouraged to apply.

We recommend that applicants in the waitlisted utility territories also apply in order to be added to the list and assure their position in line for future funding. Doing so may lock in the rate that is available at the time of the application submission.

The SOMAH Program Administrator (PA) may close a waitlist at any time to preserve funding for future years and avoid excessive wait times. The waitlist is separated by utility territory and updated weekly. It includes the project number, project size and requested incentive.

Utility

Status

Liberty Utilities

Open to applications

PacifiCorp

Open to applications

PG&E

Open to waitlist

SCE

Open to waitlist

SDG&E

Waitlist closed

Read more about SOMAH funding status.

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  • Current application data can be found within the SOMAH Working Dataset.
  • The SOMAH waitlist is public and is 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.
  • As funding becomes available, applications will be moved off the waitlist in the order they were received.
  • Funding cycles are projected to be renewed annually between December-February. SOMAH program funding is collected through greenhouse gas auction funds.
  • SOMAH stakeholders will be alerted when new funds are available.

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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).

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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.

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

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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.