About

Course Instructors


Alex Aragon


Alex Aragon is a NABCEP certified solar installer and a C10 electrical contractor. He designs, sells, and installs on- and off-grid systems for his own company and is an installer for many Real Goods projects.

Allen Martin


Allen Martin has over 20 years experience in residental and commerical building, ten of those in strawbale and greenbuilding. Allen is a certified green building professional and has worked for Sonoma County as a building inspector.

Barrett Raftery


Barrett Raftery was born in San Francisco to an international family. After traveling extensively in his youth he completed his college degree and then continued on to live on-site at the Solar Living Institute. After his internship, he was hired on the Real Goods installation team. Since that time has ...
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Barry Cogbill


Some call Barry Cogbill the hardest working person in clean energy in Sonoma County. Wearing several different hats, Barry is passionate about solar and energy efficiency. He got his start in clean energy by installing swimming pool solar heating systems in the early 1990’s. He moved into the financial industry ...
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Dan Antonioli


Dan Antonioli is a seasoned green builder, general contractor, and ecological designer. Founder of the 611 Ecovillage in Oakland and the Laytonville Ecovillage, he has a passionate vision for sustainability and a sustainable future. He helped organize and attended a two week permaculture design course at the Laytonville Ecovillage in ...
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Dick (Paco) Jordan


I’ve been living off grid with a solar powered electrical system since 1975. I began by working on my own system. In 1980 I became a licensed building contractor. I began to lead off grid solar design classes at weekend and week long seminars before grid inter-tie solar systems were ...
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Doug Livingston


Doug Livingston is a NABCEP Certified Solar Installer and worked for Real Goods as a solar systems project engineer for eight years. He now works as an independent consultant, designing and installing solar and hydroelectric systems locally and internationally, and works on various aspects of the California Energy Commission's Renewable ...
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Eric Schramm


Eric is known as The Mushroom Man, King of the Candy Caps, and owner/founder/czar of Mendocino Mushrooms. Cheerful and upbeat, he ambles about town wearing jeans and a mushroom print t-shirt. This wholesale mushroom broker has been involved in foraging, buying and selling for over twenty ...
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Erik Frye


A veteran of solar powered living since 1991 Erik Frye promotes the widespread adoption of renewable energy by everyone who shows interest in the subject. He designs and sells on-grid and off-grid photovoltaic systems at Real Goods in Hopland, California, as well as solar thermal and off grid wind and ...
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Jay Ma


Jay Ma is a permaculture designer, educator, and community organizer committed to cultural healing through Peacemaker Principles. He received his first permaculture design certification through Naropa University in 2001, a B.A. through New College of California in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community with a concentration in ...
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Jeffrey Murdock Adams


Jeffrey Murdock Adams is the owner of terrasophia, an ecological design consulting and education firm with a passion for solution-oriented action and helping people strengthen their connection to place. Synergizing experience in appropriate technology, construction trades, landscaping, project management, business, ecological restoration, water systems, and program development, Jeffrey brings a ...
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Jini Reynolds


Jini Reynolds has been mentoring people in sustainable living for as long as The Solar Living institute has been around. She has been tending goats and other backyard livestock for 36 years. First a student of Juliette De Barcle Levy at age 6, communicating through mail and finally having Juliette ...
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Joan Weir


Joan Weir, licensed General Contractor, owns J.J. Design & Renovations, a Bay Area residential remodeling company with interests in sustainable and environmentally responsible building management procedures. Ms. Weir received her general contractors license in 1986. Her crafts background started in metal working as a journey-level welder during the early 1970's. ...
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Jock Patterson


Jock Patterson started his solar career in late 2005, qualifying leads, managing customers, creating proposals, and developing a PV quoting tool for a major PV installer. Jock currently works for Clean Power Finance providing product support and development and also trains new employees on PV Solar. ...
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Joe Jordan


Joe Jordan has been instrumental in photovoltaic installations on local schools, city agencies, residences and commercial buildings in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay regions. He has written successful solar energy grants, established regional partnerships, trained staff, designed and is now teaching solar and renewable energy courses at Cabrillo ...
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Joshua Muscat


Joshua Muscat is an herbalist in his eighteenth year of clinical practice, and has been formally studying herbal medicine for the past twenty-two years. He is the founder and owner of the San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic, dedicated to providing effective and affordable health care.  His education in the ...
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Keith Feigin


Lovers Lane Farm owner, Keith Feigin, was born and raised in Ukiah. He started his beekeeping business on his family’s ranch with two goals: to create a viable local business to strengthen the economy of Mendocino County, and to bring a great local product to the tables of his neighbors.

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Kelly Larson


"SolarKelly" Larson operates a renewable energy design, installation and repair service in Northern Mendocino County, CA. She is an electrical engineer, a NABCEP PV Installer, and an Electrical Contractor, (CA license # 868189).  Kelly spent seven years with Alternative Energy Engineering, (now AEE Solar), as a staff engineer, has taught ...
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Kermit Carter


Kermit Carter has been involved in Biodynamic agriculture for 37 years, beginning as an apprentice of the British master gardener Alan Chadwick. For the last 13 years, he has managed Flowers by the Sea, a Demeter certified Biodynamic farm on the coast in Elk, California. The farm produces vegetables, herbs, ...
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Kirk Mobert


Kirk is a native Californian with a love of critters, fire and mud. He's been a natural builder for over a decade and has been teaching at Cob Cottage Co. and throughout California for the last 7 years. For Kirk, exploring the possibilities and pushing the boundaries is where it's ...
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Maximillian Meyers


Maximillian 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, www.norcalaquaponics.com & the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center (MELC), www.melc.us. In 2003 he founded MELC, a nonprofit educational organization ...
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NABCEP Test Administrator


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Nick Carter


Dr. Nick Carter, founder and owner of npc Solar, is also founder and owner of npc Imaging. He was the organizer of the 2005 Santa Rosa Solar Homes Tour, President of the North Bay Chapter of the Electric Auto Association from 2002 to 2007 and served on the National Board ...
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Online


Online courses do not have any regularly scheduled instructor because these courses have no set schedule and students work at times that are convenient to them. Instead, there are a number of PV professionals, who serve "on call" to answer questions that students post through the "Ask the Expert" ...
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Peter Oliver


Peter Oliver has over 15 years experience in building and designing electric vehicles. He taught and developed courseware and programs on how to build an Electric Vehicle at Santa Rosa Junior College. From there he went on to design kits for converting vintage style Speedsters and various suitable internal combustion ...
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Ron Whitehurst


 

Ron Whitehurst, specialist in biological pest control for farmers, gardeners, consultants, and practitioners, engages participants in lectures and workshops about biological control of insect pests in field, greenhouse, landscape, garden and animal rearing situations. His lively discussions about insect lifecycles and predator-prey relationships make the principles of biocontrol easy to ...
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Sean White


Sean White is a highly experienced PV educator with thousands of hours teaching entry level, intermediate, and advanced PV classes at solar training centers primarily throughout North America. Many hundreds of his students are employed at both startup and leading solar companies.  Sean also designs commercial and residential PV systems in ...
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