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.

Wood Stove Cookery

By Ron and Johanna Melchiore For anyone...

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

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

SunHawk Farms Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

We planted our 2,800 olive trees (14 acres) in...

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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

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...

August 12, 2016 |

Drone’s-Eye View of the Solar Living Center

Drone footage of the Solar Living Center taken June 11, 2016 at the SLC’s 20th anniversary event. Courtesy...

August 3, 2016 |

Real Goods Solar Living Institute Awarded 2016 Leadership in Green Power Education Award

The Center for Resource Solutions has chosen the Real Goods Solar Living Institute as the winner of its 2016...

August 2, 2016 |

In Response to John Schaeffer’s Tesla…

By Stephen Morris John, I’m glad that you are happy with your new Tesla and hope your example will inspire...

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