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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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!
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!
Love everything here – thanks for all you do. It’s important for the world.
-CJ Ralph, Arcata, CA
Recent Blog Posts
December 2, 2016 |
Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel Being environmentally friendly and going green are hallmarks of our society today. What...
November 30, 2016 |
By Erin Vaughan In 2008, the Department of Energy issued a challenge to homebuilders: design more efficient...
November 29, 2016 |
Reviewed by: Garrett McCutcheon, Real Goods Technical Sales Manager Buy it here: Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar...
November 29, 2016 |
By Deborah Lansing Winter is a beautiful, almost magical time of year. However, as the seasons change and the...
November 27, 2016 |
New HD drone footage of the Solar Living Center in Hopland,...
November 26, 2016 |
The California Business Journal‘s Rick Weinberg has written an excellent article on Real Goods founder and...