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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15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s...

When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

By Hannah West The promises of a residential...

Scientific American Recommends Real Goods’ Solar Living Sourcebook

Scientific American has recommended Real...

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Founded in 1978, Real Goods is the original 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.

We got the very first solar panel that was made commercially…25 Watts…still works. We have been off the grid for 38 years thanks to Real Goods. I remember how happy we were to run a 25-Watt bulb off the old golf cart batteries that we salvaged and could actually read without breathing kerosene!

-PD, Hawaii

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. 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!

Real Goods store and Solar Living Center at night

Love everything here – thanks for all you do. It’s important for the world.

-CJ Ralph, Arcata, CA

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Recent Blog Posts

July 11, 2017 |

15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s PartSelect.com post on duct tape hacks. Alison submitted this...

July 5, 2017 |

When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

By Hannah West The promises of a residential solar energy system may start to feel a little iffy when...

June 28, 2017 |

Scientific American Recommends Real Goods’ Solar Living Sourcebook

Scientific American has recommended Real Goods’ Solar Living Sourcebook in their “What You Need to...

June 8, 2017 |

Check out GreenMoney Journal for Sustainable Food Facts

The June 2017 edition of GreenMoney includes fascinating insights into the central role that sustainable food...

May 28, 2017 |

Exploring Primitive Camping for Off-Grid Enthusiasts

By Sally Keys For some people, camping is a way to enjoy an affordable vacation and a chance to get to spend some...

April 24, 2017 |

Carbon Farming Offers Real Solutions to Climate Change

This is a summary of great article from our friends at The Bohemian. The full article on carbon farming can be...

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