Founded in 1978, The Real Goods Store is the original purveyor of Off-Grid goods. Originally envisioned as a one-stop-shop where people could find everything they needed for their remote homesteads, the store began with the sale of the first retail solar panel in the United States and the humble goal of changing the world.

The Real Goods Store has deep roots in Mendocino County, and proudly houses the world's largest straw bale showroom. The amazing 5000 square foot space is passively cooled and heated; demonstrating the most effective techniques in sustainable design. The store sits at the center of the 12 acre Solar Living Center; a brilliant green oasis alongside Highway 101 that demonstrates how lush and rewarding a sustainable life can truly be.

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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 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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