Tech Support from the Pros
Tech Desk is open every day from 10am - 6pm PST
The pros at the Real Goods Tech Desk are experts in all things off-grid, with thousands of renewable energy systems' worth of experience. Whether you're planning your first solar installation or you're an expert already and seeking a solution to a unique challenge, our techs can help!
- Email the Tech Desk at [email protected]
- Call the Tech Desk at 800-919-2400
The Complete Off-Grid Living Resource
First published in 1982 and now in its 14th edition, the Solar Living Sourcebook is widely regarded as the most comprehensive resource on off-grid living available. With over 600,000 copies in print in over 40 countries, it is the quintessential guide for anyone interested in renewable energy, conservation, green building, remote homesteading, alternative transportation, or simply reducing their environmental footprint. Many of our customers refer to it as "the desert island book" - the one book you would need to have if you were stranded on an island.
"The best single source I've ever found on the technologies, philosophies, and the lifestyle changes we must embrace in order for our species to survive and thrive into the future. Time is of the essence for all of us to start walking the talk and this book is the guide for taking those first steps."
Woody Harrelson - environmentalist and actor
System Sizing Tools
Use our Solar Load Calculator to calculate your average Watt-hours/day - a crucial metric for sizing a PV system (and especially an off-grid PV system).
Use our Water Supply Questionnaire to tell us about your site, your well, and your water requirements so we can help you select the right water pump.
There's no more inspiring example than the Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA to see how renewable energy, green building, permaculture, and off-grid living can come together to create a beautiful, comfortable, and harmonious place to live, work, and play. The SLC is best experienced in person (along historic Highway 101 in Mendocino County), but we've also got great photos, videos, and even an interactive 3D virtual tour to give everyone the chance to be inspired by this one-of-a-kind site.
Professional Solar Training
We offer IREC- and NABCEP-approved solar installation courses through the nonprofit Solar Living Institute. Beginner through advanced courses are available.
Online solar courses are also available through the SLI! These courses offer great training for solar industry careers including project management, PV installation, finance, sales, marketing, inspection, customer service, and administrative support.
The Real Goods Blog
Check our blog for posts on renewable energy, off-grid living, and food, as well as the latest news about Real Goods. Blog contributors include our Solar Techs, our founder John Schaeffer, and host of other green living and renewable energy insiders. Interested in contributing to our blog? Email [email protected] and let us know what you'd like to write about.