Tours of the Solar Living Center allow people of all ages to learn about a wide range of fascinating topics, from solar power, to environmentally friendly building materials, to passive and active solar design in architecture, to organic gardening and permaculture.

SITE HOURS - Pacific Standard Time:

  • Real Goods Store and Solar Living Center: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily
  • Solar Living Institute: Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Self-Guided Tours

  • Open seven days a week between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM (The site is closed on December 25th & January 1st)
  • Pick up a self-guided tour brochure at the Information Kiosk near the parking lot or from the incoming donation box before you enter the parking lot
  • Visit 44 points of interest on the 12-acre site of the Solar Living Center
  • During winter months, November 1st – March 31st, tours are Self-Guided only

Guided Tours for Individuals and Families

  • Guided tours are offered from April 1st - October 31st
  • Tours are scheduled Friday through Sunday at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM. These fun and informative tours last approximately 50 minutes
  • Reservations are not required
  • Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 for a family
  • For more information about a guided tour please call 707-472-2450 or email sli@solarliving.org
  • Meet at the Information Kiosk near the parking lot for your registered tour

Guided Tours for Professionals

  • Specialty tours, led by senior staff or technical instructors, are available for professional associations, special interest groups and college level classes
  • These tours, which last approximately 1.5 hours, provide a stimulating technical exploration of renewable energy and sustainable living in a format that can be custom-tailored
  • Professional tours are available Monday through Friday by appointment only, and require an advance notice of 2 weeks
  • Cost is $10 per person with a $125 minimum
  • For a Professional Tour, call 707-472-2450 or email sli@solarlving.org to request a date. A member of our staff will contact you shortly.


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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