The Phoenix Rises at the Solar Living Center!
A new bright and exciting era is upon us at the Solar Living Center in the Spring of 2019. Real Goods began 41 years ago in 1978 as the back-to-the-land movement blossomed in Mendocino County and the Solar Living Institute (SLI) began 27 years ago as we taught our first classes in solar and off-the-grid living. We built the Solar Living Center (EcoTerra) back in 1993-95 and it has developed into a world-class destination center and has established itself as the #1 tourist destination between San Francisco and Oregon, hosting over 4 million visitors and nearly 300,000 in 2018 alone.
We have been looking for a like-minded entity to continue our vision and mission at the Solar Living Center (EcoTerra) for a couple of years now, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve found that perfect partner to whom we are passing the baton: Flow Kana (www.flowkana.com).
Flow Kana is much more than a cannabis company. They share our vision for Regenerative Agriculture, Farm to Table Organics, Biodynamic Farming and Gardening, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living, Energy Efficiency, Serious Mitigation of Climate Change, and Healthy Living. They have committed to bringing the Solar Living Center to ‘world-class’ status. Ideas include a vastly expanded and beautified landscape, rejuvenation of our bicycle generators, the establishment of a museum featuring the origins of Cannabis from its discovery in pre-biblical times, through prohibition to its current iteration, the origins of the solar movement in Northern California (Real Goods sold the first PV module in the world in 1978), the synergies between solar and cannabis, the origins of the ‘back-to-the-land’ movement, the beginnings of the organic movement and how sustainability took hold here in the ‘Emerald Triangle’ over the last 50 years.
Other plans call for the establishment of a great café with commercial kitchen, completion of our new Hemp House and Mushroom House, improved interpretive and directional signage on site, and many other very exciting projects allowing the site to become what we’ve always wanted, but for which we have lacked the resources.
In addition to site improvements, we are very excited that Flow Kana is also totally behind the Solar Living Institute and has committed to helping us grow by contributing resources, strategic input, and new board members. We will continue forward in our tradition of providing inspirational environmental education with PV classes, school field trips, new workshops, and other ways for you to get inspired.