This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

July 16, 2003

Solar Living Institute

The Solar Living Institute provides hands-on workshops in renewable energy, sustainable living practices, and alternative construction techniques. The Institute evolved in 1992 as a project of the Real Goods Trading Company. It became a separate nonprofit organization in 1998.

The Institute is also home to the Solar Living Center—a 12-acre demonstration site in Hopland, California, powered entirely by renewable energy systems and featuring a 5,000 square foot, passive solar, strawbale building. The Center hosts SolFest 2003, a weekend of renewable energy education and entertainment, on August 23rd and 24th.