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SOMAH program waitlist

As of August 2019, current funding for SOMAH is exhausted in SDG&E, PG&E and SCE territories. Liberty Utilities Company and PacifiCorp territories still have funding available for applicants this year.

Applicants in utility territories with waitlists are still encouraged to apply in order to be added to a waitlist that will assure their place in line for funding and may lock in year-one incentive rates.

The SOMAH Program Administrator (PA) may close a waitlist at any time to preserve funding for future years and avoid excessive wait times.

Utility

Status

Estimated Wait*

Liberty Utilities Company

Open to applications

none

PacifiCorp

Open to applications

none

PG&E

Open to waitlist

~6 months

SCE

Open to waitlist

~6 months

SDG&E

Will close to applications August 19, 5 pm PDT

~2 years

*Wait time is from the date the next round of funding is released. More information about funding status.

Track A applications

Track B applications

  • Applicant submits a technical assistance interest request 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.
  • As funding becomes available, the SOMAH PA will review each waitlisted project in the order it was received and let the applicant know what documentation is necessary for the project reservation to be confirmed. The applicant has 20 calendar days to submit the required documentation. If the required documentation is not submitted within this period, the application is canceled.
  • The SOMAH PA invoices the applicant for the application deposit, which must be paid within 30 calendar days. If the deposit is not received within this period, the application is canceled and removed from the waitlist.
  • 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, the SOMAH PA will review each waitlisted project in the order it was received.
  • The SOMAH PA invoices the applicant for the application deposit, which must be paid within 30 calendar days. If the deposit is not received within this period, the application is canceled and removed from the waitlist.

The waitlist is separated by utility territory and updated weekly. It includes the project number, project size and requested incentive.

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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 for the next 10 years with renewed annual funding of up to $100 million per year from the California Climate Investments initiative. The next funding cycle is expected to be released in Q1 2020.

For budget information and current available funding, please visit California Distributed Generation Statistics, the official public reporting site of the California Solar Initiative (CSI). SOMAH program information is updated weekly.

CaliforniaDGstats

Since opening day (7/1/2019), SOMAH has received more than 240 applications representing over 74 megawatts of solar power generating capacity and $163 million in reserved funding. SOMAH has achieved nearly 25% of its overall 300 MW goal in the first year of the program’s operation with nearly 90% of planned capacity allocated to directly benefit tenants.