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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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

September 29, 2018 |

Water Conservation and the Food You Eat

We all know that house cleaning, clothes washing, and showering/bathing uses water, but a much less obvious...

September 24, 2018 |

Maintaining Hygiene When You Live Off-Grid

It’s believed that by 2035, 12% of Americans will be living off the grid in search of either a simpler...

September 21, 2018 |

RealGoods.com Now Accepts the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash Cryptocurrencies

You can now pay for your off-grid living supplies with bitcoin (or bitcoin cash) at RealGoods.com! Bitcoin (often...

September 4, 2018 |

Tips for Choosing the Right Lettuce to Grow at Home

This is an excerpt from an article on growing lettuce on Gardner’s Path by Amber Shidler. Most varieties of...

August 25, 2018 |

Quality Kitchen Equipment For Living Off The Grid

By Sally Keys There are around 1.7 billion people living off-grid worldwide and 200,000 families living off-grid...

July 6, 2018 |

Energy-Efficient Home Construction: The Basics

Check out this infographic full of great tips on the different types of building materials to use and which ones...

July 3, 2018 |

Off-Grid Cooking Without Power

By Sally Keys Thinking of going off-grid? Off-grid living is exciting, but can be scary at the same time....

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...

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