Just a quick link to an article that really stresses the positive effect of having an energy policy that is committed to solar/wind etc in the long term: a predictable growing market with decreasing prices as production increases (following Japanese model).
A Bright Future with the California Solar Initiative
by Donald Osborn
Also, if your interested in Japan's success over the last 10 years--they're up there with Germany as the top two solar installation countries--check out this report done by a great non-profit called EnvironmentCalifornia:
"Bringing Solar to Scale: California's Opportunity to Create a Thriving, Self-Sustaining Residential Solar Market"
Happy Solar Holidays and see you for more SolarDwelling in the New Year!!