Tours of the Solar Living Center allow people of all ages to learn about a wide range of fascinating topics, from solar and wind power, to environmentally friendly building materials, to passive and active solar design in architecture, to organic gardening and permaculture.

SITE HOURS - Pacific Standard Time:

  • Solar Living Center: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 7 days a week
  • Solar Living Institute: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday , 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Real Goods Store:  10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 7 days a week.

Self-Guided Tours

  • Open seven days a week between 10:00am and 6:00pm. (The site is closed on December 25th & January 1st)
  • Pick up a free self-guided tour brochure at the Information Kiosk near the parking lot, and visit 44 points of interest on the 12-acre site of the Solar Living Center.
  • During winter months, November 1st – March 31st, tours are Self-Guided only.

Download Guided Tour Application Form for the following:

Guided Tours for Individuals and Families

  • Guided tours are offered from April 1st - October 31st
  • Tours are scheduled Friday through Sunday at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. These fun and informative tours last approximately 50 minutes. 
  • Reservations are not required.
  • Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 for a family.
  • For more information about a guided tour please call Hannah Bird at 707-472-2460 or .
  • Meet at the Information Kiosk near the parking lot for your registered tour.

Guided Tours for Schools

  • Guided tours are offered throughout the year for grades K-12.
  • Tours are scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM. These hands on tours last approximately 120 minutes and cover three stations: YOU are solar powered, Building with mud (cobb!) and Meeting (and eating) our organic garden! We tie the field trips to state standards and finish with a renewable/non renewable popcorn activity!
  • Fee is $5 per student/teacher.
  • For a Guided Tour, call 707-472-2460 or email:
  • Meet at the Information Kiosk near the parking lot for your registered School Tour.

Guided Tours for Professionals

  • Specialty tours, led by senior staff or technical instructors, are available for professional associations, special interest groups and college level classes.
  • These tours, which last approximately 1.5 hours, provide a stimulating technical exploration of renewable energy and sustainable living in a format that can be custom-tailored.
  • Professional tours are available Monday through Friday by appointment only, and require an advance notice of 2 weeks.
  • Cost is $10 per person with a $125 minimum.
  • For a Professional Tour, call 707-472-2460 or email: to request a date. A member of our staff will contact you shortly.


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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