Solar Training

Hands-on solar training for beginning to advanced levels and prep for the NABCEP Exam

Online Solar Training

Online solar education in Solar PV Design & Installation and Solar Sales & Marketing

Sustainability Workshops

Sustainability Workshops
From natural building to beekeeping, biodiesel to greywater, it's all hands-on.

Harvest Moon Celebration


Join the Solar Living Institute on September 6
The SLI is combining the mystery and magic of the moon with our focus on sustainable living. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox and is associated with our wisdom and intuition. Let's celebrate together while getting to know more about what SLI does and how you can make a difference by joining us in our activities. There is no better place to find inspiration, kindred spirits and natural beauty than at the Solar Living Center.

SLI Open House & Harvest Moon Celebration is a one-day event filled with hands-on educational workshops, inspirational speakers, live music, performers, eco-conscious vendors, kid's activities, organic food, and many other festivities. Because of the impact that past events have had on the site, this event replaces SolFest.

We want those who appreciate the great outdoors to enjoy the beauty of the Solar Living Center while learning more about the SLI and sustainable living. We’re particularly eager to open our beautiful site and ponds to locals who may not have yet been exposed to what we have to offer. We invite all previous SolFest attendees, and new participants to join us for a day filled with family activities, music, food, educational tours and workshops. Spend the day with us! You’ll go home inspired.

Billy Parish: Founder and President of Mosaic, a market place for clean energy investing
Stephen Decater: Founder and operator of Live Power Community Farm
John Trudell: A Native American activist, musician, actor, poet, philosopher, speaker whose international following reflects the universal language of his work and message.

PERFORMERS: Alex de Grassi: Acoustic guitar, and other local musicians

KIDS ZONE: Dr. Solar’s Good Time, Sunshine, Traveling Medicine Show, face painting, treasure hunt and other kid friendly fun will please all ages.


  • Healthy Homes
  • Urban Farming
  • Growing Micro-greens,
  • Healthy Eating
  • Climate Reality
  • Secrets of the Oaks Book Signing
  • Solar Training, Solar 101
  • Solar Residential Battery Backup -Off- grid


  • SLI VIP Reception: 6-7:30 PM. Ticketed event $20/$10 SLI member.  This is a fundraising reception with complimentary wine, food and music in the garden. VIPRECEPTION2014bRegister here.
  • Silent Auction
  • Film Screening: "BRINGING IT HOME: Industrial Hemp, Healthy Houses and a Greener Future," with Anna Owen.  Film will begin after 8pm around the pond.
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  • Pie baking contest
  • Solar Living Center site tours

Camp Solar - Kid's Summer Camp


Looking for something to entertain the kids this summer? 

Get them involved with the 3 day Camp Solar program at the Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA.

Kids, ages 7-11, will experiment with natural building cob material, make  "solar cookies" in solar ovens, dig in the organic gardens and more. 

Only $150 for 3 days, 9am-3pm each day.  Second session:  July 22-24, 2014.

Check out the fun from the First Camp Solar Session in June.

Come join in the fun and encourage your kids to grow, sustainably.



The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for over 15 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

ACCREDITED BY IREC - Registered Provider of NABCEP

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