History of SLI

In 1996, the first SolFest marked the grand opening of the Solar Living Center in Hopland, California. SolFest became part of the Solar Living Institute in 1998 when our organization was founded. SolFest is the premier renewable energy event in the western United States. The primary goal of SolFest is to enhance the mission of the Solar Living Institute by inspiring people to take action on their environmental concerns. Since the first SolFest in 1996, over 80,000 people have participated.


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 20 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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