Entry is free (donations gratefully accepted), camping is $25/night and parking is $5.

The Solar Living Center is hosting a 20th-year anniversary and celebration of breaking ground way back in 1996.  Hundreds of individual's lives have been inspired by classes, tours, demonstrations, internships, products - you name it. 

We're putting together 2 days of information & entertainment.  Not quite a SolFest, but close.  We hope you'll make it.  Check out the schedule.  Interested in volunteering?  Sign up here.




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DAVID ARKIN is one of the founders and current Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA).  He is past-President of Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADSPR) and served for twelve years as a board member of the Solar Living Institute (SLI).
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JEFF OLDHAM has been living off-the-grid with Hydro, Wind, and Solar Power while providing clean, reliable, renewable energy to people all over the planet for Thirty years. He worked as Lead Technician for Real Goods for Eighteen years where he established the Design and consulting Group, this was preceded by Ten years of industrial and commercial electrical contracting. Jeff was instrumental in the design & creation of the Solar Living Center.

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MARTIN A. LEE has written several books, including Smoke Signals, a comprehensive social history of marijuana, published by Scribner in August 2012. Historian Douglas Brinkley said of Smoke Signals: “Every American should read this landmark book!” Lee is the director of Project CBD, an information service that reports on cannabis science and therapeutics.


DORON AMIRAN, is the electric vehicle (EV) program manager for the Center for Climate Protection whose mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. They work with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

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ANNA C. OWEN has been working and doing research within the hemp industry and the national movement to reestablish hemp farming. She has worked with Vote Hemp, Hemp Industries Association, Hempstead Project Heart, and  Hemp History Week.
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BARRETT RAFTERY of Gham Power develops commercial off-grid solar systems and rural microgrids in developing countries. We started in Nepal in 2010, and have deployed over 500 projects including large industries, small businesses, and hundreds of households. We are developing a project aggregation platform that helps develop off-grid projects using standard templates for technology design, financing structure, and running operations.  Barrett was a SLI intern in 2008.

33 max meyers MAXMILLIAN MEYERS is an experienced Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Consultant, Commercial Aquaponics System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer, and the Executive Director of Nor Cal Aquaponics.  Max has instructed well over 35 courses in Permaculture and Ecological Design in 7 countries around the world. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world, and is now working at the Solar Living Instutute offering sustainability workshops & green career training.
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HANNAH BIRD has served as Programs Manager at SLI, but currently is employed at the UC DAVIS Research & Extension Center in Hopland, CA, where she lives on the 5,000 plus acres with her husband and 6-yr old twins.  The Center’s property supports more than 215 species of wild birds, 50 mammals, 15 reptiles, 12 amphibians, and 10 fish.

In addition to supporting a diversity of ongoing research projects, HREC is often the site of field trips, workshops, tours, and hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from UC campuses and elsewhere.

We're looking for about 50 volunteers to help us out for our 20th Anniversary Celebration June 11-12. We have positions lots of positions to choose from such as campground host, to gate greeter, welcome booth staffing, assisting with the kid's zone,  green team, stage hand, and beer booth.

Sign up here via Google Docs.  Or call 707-472-2456 or email sli@solarliving.org.

Volunteers will receive free parking and camping  (Normally $5 for parking & $25 for camping); a $10 Real Goods gift certificate and a beverage ticket...plus lots and lots of gratitude.



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.

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