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.

Creating an Uninterruptible Power Supply From Your Solar PV System

“I have solar on my roof but when the...

Power Factor and Power Factor Correction

Power factor (PF) is a topic that has been...

Solar Living Center Revival Continues

It’s now been one year and nine months...

More About Our Company

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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

September 17, 2016 |

Creating an Uninterruptible Power Supply From Your Solar PV System

“I have solar on my roof but when the power goes out, I’m out of luck!” Until recently,...

September 9, 2016 |

Power Factor and Power Factor Correction

Power factor (PF) is a topic that has been understood since the advent of electrical distribution, due in no...

September 4, 2016 |

Solar Living Center Revival Continues

It’s now been one year and nine months since my wife Nantzy and I bought back the Solar Living Center from...

August 17, 2016 |

Wood Stove Cookery

By Ron and Johanna Melchiore For anyone considering going off the grid, one decision they are faced with is how...

August 16, 2016 |

Taking on Mother Nature: How to Steer Clear of Natural Disasters

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s Fix.com article on natural disaster preparedness. Alison...

August 16, 2016 |

SunHawk Farms Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

We planted our 2,800 olive trees (14 acres) in 2006 and 2007 because we’ve always loved eating olives and...

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