Implementation of AB 693 - Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH)

Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program (AB 693)

Assembly Bill (AB) 693 (Eggman, Chapter 582, 2015) provides financial incentives for the installation of solar energy photovoltaic (PV) systems on multifamily affordable housing properties throughout California.  The statute, among other things, prescribes criteria for participation in the incentive program; sets targets for installation of solar PV systems; identifies various required elements for the Program; and gives direction to the California Public Utilities Commission on administration of the Program.

Key components of the legislation, and the forthcoming program, include:

  • Directing $100 Million, annually, from the electric IOU's Greenhouse Gas Auction Proceeds towards subsidized solar energy systems on Multifamily affordable housing.
  • Prioritizing development and installation of solar systems in California's disadvantaged communities across the state
  • Emphasizing the explicit goal that incented solar systems lower the energy bills of tenants of low-income multifamily housing, and subsequently reducing the CARE subsidy funded by other ratepayers
  • Develop, by December 31, 2030, at least 300 megawatts of installed solar generating capacity

In response to the legislation, the Commission, in proceeding R.14-07-002, issued a Ruling to stakeholders seeking input on the design, implementation, eligibility and other programmatic issues for the new program.  Nearly 25 parties provided over a thousand pages of comments in response to the ruling.

The Commission is currently reviewing comments on the proposed decision outlining the program design for the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH). The propose decision builds on many of the program successes and lessons learned from the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program.


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