Multi Family Housing

Multifamily building owners no longer have to wait to start reaping the benefits from solar and other renewable products. Year one Savings and long term savings are just the beginning for what solar can provide your property. Common area utility bills and building upgrades in roofing are also available. 


The SOMAH program will provide up to $100 million in rebates annually for the next decade to put solar on multifamily affordable housing in California, while allowing tenants to access the benefits. This is the final result of Assembly Bill 693, which passed in 2015. The program languished for two years as California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) dealt with a number of other pressing matters regarding the state’s electricity system, including an overhaul of net metering.

Apartment building owners and tenants will be awarded credits through a system called virtual net metering (VNEM), a subprogram of the state’s “Net Metering 2.0” program. The state’s utilities have been directed to set VNEM tariffs for SOMAH, and least 51% of the electricity generated by the qualifying systems must be dedicated to tenants.

Additionally, such systems will additionally qualify for incentives set at a base rate of $3.20 per watt for the portion of PV systems serving tenants and $1.10 per watt for the portion serving common areas. This base rate will be discounted for projects that also claim the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) or the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

These incentives will also decline either 5% annually or by the annual decline in residential solar costs as reported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL). This could be changed in 2020. So get in now for your solar assessment.

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