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.

Fall/Winter Intern Applications Now Being Accepted

Since 1998, the Solar Living Institute has been promoting sustainable living through inspirational environmental education.  We do this through workshops, online courses, events, children's education programs, Internship Program, and tours of the 12-acre Solar Living Center.  We accomplish our mission through our family of participants, including staff, interns, volunteers, supporters, donors and friends. We are currently seeking dynamic, organized, and enthusiastic candidates with a passion for sustainable living to join us as fall/winter interns.                                                                  SLI Pond Interns


  • Aids Garden Manager in planting, weeding, harvesting, and maintaining the certified organic garden
  • Works on site enhancement projects as assigned
  • Helps office staff in accommodating campers and Tiny House guests, participating in kid's’ education tours, providing site tours for visitors, and prepping for and providing “meet and greet” for workshops
  • Assists with cleanliness and maintenance of grounds
  • Participate in communal living experience in the Intern Village among fellow interns 

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! Start with our Intro to Photovoltaics (PV 100) course held here at the Solar Living Center over the course of a weekend. Continue right into our five-day Design and Installation Intensive (PV 200) class following PV 100, or enroll in our online go-at-you-own-pace PV 200 course. From there you're ready to take the NABCEP entry-level exam, which is offered here on site three times a year or year-round in a testing center near you. Interetsed in taking your solar education farther? We also offer an Advanced PV Systems class (PV 300), and can help point you in the right direction towards getting hands-on rooftop installtion experience. Don't forget about our other online courses to teach you what you need to know when it comes to sales, financing, and marketing of Photovoltaics.

Whether you are just curious about solar, preparing for a career transition, desiring quality training for your employees, looking to start or expand a business, or advance within the solar industry, we have a course to meet your needs.

See our full course listing here. Registering is easy! Sign-up online or call our office at 707-472-2450. Questions? Give us a call or send an email to

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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 over 15 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.

ACCREDITED BY IREC - Registered Provider of NABCEP

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