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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MidNite Solar Classic Charge Controller System Sizing Tool

This PV system sizing tool helps you select the...

The Health Benefits of Gardening

By Uma Campbell Many people choose to take up...

Water for Food Preservation – Everything You Need to Know

By Uma Campbell Food is perishable by nature. It...

More About Real Goods

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

November 20, 2017 |

MidNite Solar Classic Charge Controller System Sizing Tool

This PV system sizing tool helps you select the best MidNite Solar Classic MPPT Charge Controller for your solar...

November 20, 2017 |

The Health Benefits of Gardening

By Uma Campbell Many people choose to take up gardening because they enjoy seeing (and eating) the fruits of...

November 3, 2017 |

Water for Food Preservation – Everything You Need to Know

By Uma Campbell Food is perishable by nature. It easily falls victim to bacteria and fungi and soon starts to...

October 5, 2017 |

Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

By Sally Keys The idea of air pollution conjures up images of traffic jams and smokey cities, big factories and...

September 28, 2017 |

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home

By Brenden Carr 1. Use a Washing Up Bowl When you do the dishes by hand, use a refillable bowl to save $40 a year...

September 23, 2017 |

My New Solar RV

My new Winnebago View RV (I just bought it this year) is an amazing machine and a home on the road! Best of all...

September 19, 2017 |

Tips for Harvesting Figs

Ah…figs…the fruit of the Gods. I look forward to every late August with gusto and dream of ripe,...

September 14, 2017 |

Sir Cob-A-Lot and Our New Cob Cabin AirBnB

I met Sir Cobalot, aka Miguel Elliott, nee Michael Elliott, many years ago when he helped build the cob bench and...

September 7, 2017 |

6 Energy Efficiency Home Renovations You Should Make This Year

By Danielle Hegedus Fall and winter are just around the corner, but updating your home with energy-efficiency...

September 3, 2017 |

Reveling in the September Garden Harvest

Glorious September! This time of year our garden is so fecund that we can eat most meals directly out of our...

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