A Place in the Sun: The Evolution of the Real Goods Solar Living Center


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A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it took to make the dream of the Real Goods Solar Living Center a reality.

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A Place in the Sun: The Evolution of the Real Goods Solar Living Center

By John Schaeffer and the collaborative design/construction team, 181 pages

Read about the imagination and creation of the Real Goods Solar Living Center (SLC). In 1996, Real Goods and Solar Living Institute founder John Schaeffer converted an abandoned California Department of Transportation site in Hopland, CA into the SLC - the beautiful educational and experiential site Real Goods calls home. This story, told through the eyes of the participants, is not a worshipful tale, but rather a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring a vision to reality. Fully illustrated, and a must-read for anyone who has ever been to or plans to come to our Solar Living Center!

The Real Goods Solar Living Center is just 2 hours north of San Francisco and has hosted hundreds of thousands of visitors since opening in June 1996. They come to see:

  • Windmills and solar modules that produce enough electricity to allow Real Goods to sell excess power to the local utility
  • Abundant solar-pumped water flowing through a lush oasis that was formerly a toxic patch of abused ground
  • The world's largest straw bale structure, beautifully illuminated by daylight and heated and cooled without using fossil fuels
  • A central courtyard that is really a giant solar calendar

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