Community Production requires that you fulfill more of your needs yourself instead of feeding your wages into a for-profit company. I got to interview Debra Rowe, whom I met at the 2014 New Work Conference in Detroit this last October, about working by yourself or with a community to take advantage of solar power:
Debra is the President for the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development (http://www.uspartnership.org), Senior Advisor for the Detroit Green Skills Alliance (http://www.detroitgreenskills.org), and teaches a Renewable Energies and Sustainable Living course at Oakland Community College (https://www.oaklandcc.edu/est); that page (scroll to the bottom) includes DIY plans for solar cooking, heating and hot water.
Re. how to change government policies to make it easier to install solar and other renewable energies, check out this draft letter (handout #3) you can adapt and send to legislators:http://www.livingroomconversations.or…. (Handout #6 there tells you how to find your air quality person at the state; also check http://openstates.org/find_your_legis… andhttp://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors…. to figure out where to send this.)
Re. community solar, go to the Great Lakes Renewable Energies Association at http://www.glrea.org and click on Community Solar.