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.

Solar Training at the Solar Living Institute

Get Certified With Us!

Obtaining your first level certification with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practicioners (NABCEP) is only a few steps away! Start with our Intro to Photovoltaics (PV 100) course held here at the Solar Living Center over the course of a weekend. Continue right into our five-day Design and Installation Intensive (PV 200) class following PV 100, or enroll in our online go-at-you-own-pace PV 200 course. From there you're ready to take the NABCEP entry-level exam, which is offered here on site three times a year or year-round in a testing center near you. Interetsed in taking your solar education farther? We also offer an Advanced PV Systems class (PV 300), and can help point you in the right direction towards getting hands-on rooftop installtion experience. Don't forget about our other online courses to teach you what you need to know when it comes to sales, financing, and marketing of Photovoltaics.

Whether you are just curious about solar, preparing for a career transition, desiring quality training for your employees, looking to start or expand a business, or advance within the solar industry, we have a course to meet your needs.

See our full course listing here. Registering is easy! Sign-up online or call our office at 707-472-2450. Questions? Give us a call or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2015 Internships

Thank you to everyone who applied for a 2015 internship position with the Solar Living Institute. We were overwhelemed with the number of qualified applicants looking to gain knowledge in susitable living practices to help protect the future of our environment. We are very excited to welcome our new group starting in April! Find out more about the incoming crew here. 

Many an intern alumnus would agree that one of the Solar Living Institute's strongest and most effective programs is the Internship Work-Trade program. We'd like to share with you exactly why.

During the course of their time at SLI, interns will offer their unique talents in a specific focus area within the organization. Beyond the support of SLI in their focus areas, interns will give tours to the public, educational tours to school children, serve as representatives of the SLI at conferences and festivals, maintain the organic garden, and take a plethora of SLI workshops.  When there is a moment to spare, Mendocino County has opportunities galore for them to explore rivers, mountains, and the extended community.

Perhaps the greatest experience each intern leaves the Solar Living Institute with is that of communal living. It is no small chore to live in harmony with a handful of strangers, not to mention work and play as well.

If you would like to support our internship program, you may consider making a donation and noting "Internship Program" in the comments area.  Our deepest gratitude in advance for your generosity!

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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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