Check out the below resources on home-scale energy independence.
The Marin Solar Program by the County of Marin: http://www.marinsolar.org
Clean Energy Authority: http://www.cleanenergyauthority.com/solar-rebates-and-incentives/california/ Provides an overview of local incentive programs.
Home Power Magazine: http://www.homepower.com/
The magazine’s mission is to change the way people generate and use energy and reduce the use of polluting fossil fuels replace with infinite supplies of renewable energy.