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[CASE STUDIES]

Concordia
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Essene Way
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Harmony
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Fetzer Vineyards
Hopland, California

Institute For Solar Living
Hopland, California

"I'd put my money on solar energy... I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
-Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, March 1931

INSTITUTE FOR SOLAR LIVING
Hopland, California

Hopland, California, is on its way to producing more photovoltaic energy per capita than any other region in the world.



Envision a building of sweeping beauty, positioned to take advantage of sun in all its seasonal phases. Picture offices and a 5,000-square-foot retail showroom powered entirely by the sun and wind. You’re picturing Real Goods Institute for Solar Living, designed by architect Sim Van der Ryn and the Real Goods Design & Consulting Group lead by Manager Jeff Oldham. The ISL is supported by a hybrid power system we designed and installed, made up of 10kW of Siemens photovoltaic modules and a 3kW Whisper wind generator on an 80-foot tower. We incorporated active and passive solar design, creating exquisite daylight and making our solar powered fluorescent lighting almost redundant. The straw bale construction performs so well that the building has no mechanical systems. Other features include recycled materials, nontoxic finishes, a solar water pumping system and a greywater irrigation system.


“The store sales witnessed a doubling in volume after the move into this new location from just a mile up the road that had better visibility and access.”
— Jeff Oldham, Project Manager

“Ever since I attended the grand opening of the Solar Living Center, I’ve deeply involved myself in the area of ecological design. I consider the event a turning point in my life, and I want to thank you for it. The people, the actions. . . it all felt right, guilt-free, life enhancing, healing. Again, thank you”
Robert Hickling

AWARDS:
• A.I.A. CLIENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
• CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION,
PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL ON
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
• TOP 10 GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS
FOR EARTH DAY 1999, A.I.A.

"For over 30 years - Using the Power of Nature to change the Nature of Power"


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