Perhaps we can be the generation that rose above the excess and decadence to turn things around. We have a chance - maybe our last - to embrace a vision of a fulfilling and sustainable future.

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Recent blog posts, musings, tips, news, and more from the off-grid living community.


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NBC News Profiles Real Goods’ Place in the Off-Grid Movement

Check out NBC News’ video piece and...

Tips For Maintaining a Garden Off the Grid

By Sally Keys It has been predicted that 12% of...

Finding Your Gardening Style

By Uma Campbell As we move into warmer months,...

More About Real Goods

Real Goods logoFounded in 1978, Real Goods is the original solar PV panel store and purveyor of off-the-grid living supplies. 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.

“Great shopping experience for self-sufficiently. Everything under the sun for solar independence. Very helpful and friendly staff.”

-Janet A.

The Real Goods Store has returned to its roots in Mendocino County, proudly housed in the world’s largest straw bale showroom. The amazing 5,000 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 (SLC), a brilliant green oasis alongside Highway 101 that’s been voted the #1 rest stop in California.

Solar Living Center central spiral oasis pool

The SLC is also home to the educational nonprofit Solar Living Institute and the Emerald Pharms cannabis dispensary, specializing in Northern California heirloom genetics and featuring an extensive selection of CBD-rich THC consumables for holistic healing.

To learn more about Real Goods or to see how lush and rewarding a sustainable life can truly be, come visit us as the SLC – there’s lots to do!

“To me personally, this is the beautiful holistic future of consumer engagement that is creating a more vibrant and holistic shining future for our beautiful world.”

-Chris M.

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Recent Blog Posts

June 1, 2018 |

NBC News Profiles Real Goods’ Place in the Off-Grid Movement

Check out NBC News’ video piece and accompanying article on Real Goods’ impact on the “back to...

May 7, 2018 |

Tips For Maintaining a Garden Off the Grid

By Sally Keys It has been predicted that 12% of Americans will be living off the grid by 2035. Some people manage...

April 27, 2018 |

Finding Your Gardening Style

By Uma Campbell As we move into warmer months, many of us are already thinking of creating a garden. Whether...

April 18, 2018 |

40th Anniversary Celebration Tickets Now On Sale!

It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since Real Goods first opened its doors and sold the first...

April 13, 2018 |

Yurts Are On the Yup For Off-Grid Living

By Sally Keys Traditionally used as a movable dwelling by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia and Turkey, a yurt is a...

April 9, 2018 |

How to Create a Permaculture Garden

By Scott McDermott You may have heard the term before, but what is permaculture? Permaculture can be defined as a...

March 20, 2018 |

3 Amazing Off-Grid Cooking Techniques

By Sally Keys Since human beings first discovered fire, they have been cooking without electricity or gas. Now,...

March 8, 2018 |

4 Solar Upgrades for Your Back Yard

By Timothy Johnson Making your back yard more “green” doesn’t only mean maintaining a lush and...

February 26, 2018 |

Surviving Off-Grid When Extreme Weather Hits

By Sally Keys Living off the grid requires being in tune with nature. Solid preparation and an understanding of...

January 23, 2018 |

A Quick Guide to Composting For Every Season

By Kristina Phelan Many homeowners think that composting is just a spring and summer activity, but a well-groomed...

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