Multifamily Services

Ask us about SOMAH

Reserve your SOMAH funding with GRID Inland Empire today! SOMAH rebates can offset the entire cost of your solar investment. In other words, you and your residents receive all utility bill savings at no cost! Contact us today to learn how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

GRID Alternatives is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been installing solar systems exclusively for low-income communities since 2004. GRID IE is a proven and trusted solar integrator with an innovative workforce development program that integrates job training into every aspect of our work. Our model has informed public programs such as SASH, MASH, and now SOMAH.

Every GRID installation is a job training opportunity that can be extended to your residents. We work with affordable housing partners to provide career development services for residents including on-site and free classroom solar education and hands-on training.

Installers working on a multifamily affordable housing structureAs a mission-driven organization, workforce development and tenant engagement are integral to GRID’s work. Our industry-leading service model can help you comply with SOMAH’s program requirements.

We offer expertise in:

  • Portfolio-wide solar and financial analysis
  • Workforce development programming
  • Resyndication and rehab planning
  • Custom-tailored financing options

What is SOMAH?

SOMAH is the largest investment in solar on multifamily affordable housing to date in California. The program will be funded up to $1 billion dollars with a target of 300 megawatts installed through 2030.

The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program benefits you and your tenants! SOMAH rebates can offset most if not all of the solar installation cost, reducing your operating cost while extending significant utility bill savings to your residents.

As a mission-aligned nonprofit, GRID Alternatives Inland Empire provides turnkey solar installation services in a way no other solar contractor can.

Partner with us to start saving with SOMAH! Services include:

  • Complete, no-cost portfolio assessment, including solar suitability, system sizing, savings estimates, and identifying gap funding
  • Deep community engagement, including workforce development and energy efficiency education for tenants
  • Evaluation of energy efficiency and battery storage options
  • Support to make your new developments “Solar Ready”
  • Full-service solar installation with integrated job training above and beyond the SOMAH requirements

Project example: Vista Verde

Vista Verde Arial

All-electric affordable housing community in Ontario, CA 
Completed April 1, 2021

Vista Verde is the first all-electric, zero net energy affordable housing community in Ontario, CA, providing 101 high-quality apartments for families who earn between 30-60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). GRID Alternatives Inland Empire staff and SolarCorps Fellows installed 380 kilowatts of solar, making the development both all-electric and zero net energy, meaning that it generates more energy than it uses. The rooftop and carport solar will save residents hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 20 years.

Get started, or learn more:

Contact: Victoria Pacheco, Community Development Office
951-288-9378, or