The Solar Living Institute is the educational arm of the EcoTerra Center (formerly the Solar Living Center). EcoTerra is a 12-acre solar-powered training, demonstration, and event center for sustainable living in Mendocino County, California that promotes sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.

Stop by for an hour, a night, or an extended training at our one-of-a-kind eco-campus located along Highway 101 in Hopland, Mendocino County, California. Since 1998, our Institute has served as a beacon of what is possible in this world. We offer classes in solar PV, off-grid living, and sustainability; site tours; school field trips; and community events centered around equipping people with the ideas and skills to live in harmony with mother nature. Within easy reach of the San Francisco Bay Area, we are the nation’s premier learning destination for all things sustainable.

Ecotopia's famous grow-through car grove

Our campus – EcoTerra Center – encompasses 12 acres of ponds, impressive trees, organic gardens, extraordinary views, numerous demonstrations in sustainable living, and pristine habitat for the area’s flora and fauna. The Center is also home to the Real Goods off-grid living store and Emerald Pharms Medical Cannabis Resource Center. A visit to our unique campus will leave you full of wonder as you uncover the knowledge and skills as to how to live an earth-centered life. It is our hope that with each visit you will take a piece of us with you and that what you carry ripples out into the world.

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