Solar Training

Hands-on solar training for beginning to advanced levels and prep for the NABCEP Exam

Online Solar Training

Online solar education in Solar PV Design & Installation and Solar Sales & Marketing

Sustainability Workshops

Sustainability Workshops
From natural building to beekeeping, biodiesel to greywater, it's all hands-on.

Join us for Evenings by the Pond


Are you ready to kick off your weekend early? Want to enjoy the bounty of farm fresh produce? Feel like relaxing to great music, food and drink?

Join us at the Solar Living Center in Hopland for Evenings by the Pond, every first Thursday beginning June 7 from 4:30-7:30 pm.


September 6 from 4:30-7:30

Last one of the Season - Don't Miss Out!

September 6 features local band Jukebox Money

Enjoy dinner from Pilon Kitchen.

Shop the market vendors and grab something from our beer/wine offerings.Non-alcoholic beverage options will also be available.

Let your kids explore the sculpture and play lawn games.

Stop by for an evening out surrounded by the beauty of the grounds. Bring the family, meet up with friends and share in this great community experience.

For more information call:  707.472.2456 or check us out on Facebook!



Permaculture Convergence September 20-23, 2018


The Solar Living Institute is excited to be hosting the Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence at the Solar Living Center September 20-23.  Don't miss this stellar event and outstanding opportunity to network with indviduals dedicated to and advocating for a holistic lifestyle approach to living with awareness on our planet Earth. Go to for more details.

Solar Training at the Solar Living Institute

Get Certified With Us!

Obtaining your first level certification with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practicioners (NABCEP) is only a few steps away!

From there you're ready to take the NABCEP PV Associate exam, which is offered here on site three times a year or year-round at a Castle Worldwide testing center near you.


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for 20 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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