A Tour of Solar Living Institute


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Dear Solar Enthusiasts,

As I’ve promised, I will be devoting this post to discuss The Solar Living Institute (SLI) (www.solarliving.org).  The Solar Living Institute  is a non-profit educational center specializing  in solar training and sustainable educational classes.  These classes/courses are taught either on site or online by experienced practitioners, helping students to prepare for getting  jobs, creating businesses in solar industry and for learning to live more sustainably.   SLI also manages the Solar Living Center, a 12-acre renewable energy and sustainable living demonstration site visited by 200,000 people annually.  Ultimately, the Solar Living Institute’s mission is to promote sustainable living through: renewable energy education classes/courses; tours for schools and various organizations to demonstrate and inspire sustainable and solar living ;residential internship program for young adults to offer green tech and sustainability education in seven month session; and selling and installing solar systems in the Southwest part of USA.

In 1978, the founder and president of Real Goods and Solar Living Institute of Hopland, CA, John Schaffer, took a desolated site of 12-acres and converted it into an environmental paradise, showing how  every thing can be  possible in living sustainably. I’d like to take you on a tour of the Solar Living Institute with John Schaffer to see the 132 KW solar PV array on site (installed in 1999) powering 50 local homes, below:


Did you hear what John said about “only about 0.1% of US homes are now powered by solar whereas there are about 5-10% of the German homes are now powered by solar energy when Germany is actually getting less sun than we do….” We need to catch up in this journey toward energy independence and self-sufficiency! My hat’s off for John Schaffer, a living example of Solar Living for all of us!

In the next post, I would like to take you on a tour of one of the past SolFest at the Solar Living Institute, normally held in late summer of each year.

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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