Solar Living Institute

The Super 8 Ukiah does its part to uphold a standard in caring about the environment here in beautiful Ukiah, California. As a green hotel ourselves, we participate in a unified effort to sustain and promote a preserved environment through daily operational eco-initiatives.

While our property is one of the higher rated establishments in Ukiah regarding environmental awareness, we look up to external resources such as the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California for world-class education and leadership in environmental sustainability.

About The Solar Living Institute

The Solar Living Institute is a non-profit organization that was established about ten years ago, intending to be a leading organization that would provide knowledge and instruction that promotes sustainable living through inspirational education. Throughout the past decade the institute has implemented dozens of nationally recognized programs and features into the community and state. Among many of these include Solfest, Solar Living Center, Solar 2000, and many other events, programs and internships for the community.

The Solar Living Center is a 12 acre area that over 200,000 people visit a year, which demonstrates renewable energy and serves as the headquarters for the institute. It is open seven days a week for free tours and has a renowned reputation for hosting large group tours and programs that go on to inspire many external organizations.

As a striving educational pioneer, the Solar Living Institute continues to reach out to the community in more ways than one. The institute believes that change in the environment has to be developed from a change of lifestyle, not simply through small tasks. In doing so, the institute is a proud host for many student field trips ranging from 1st grade to high school. The trips teach students about alternative fuels, sustainable living, renewable energy, and natural building and gardening. These hands-on demonstrations have a lasting effect on young students and serve as a great positive outreach.


The Institute is clearly more than strictly business. Solfest is perhaps one of the institute’s most popular annual events and is held right here in Ukiah. Held towards the end of September, the festival is an excellent fusion of fine education and fun. Each day Solfest features different keynote speakers, panels, workshops and live entertainment to promote a friendly environment in a fun-filled manner. Many different vendors and professionals come together to create a resourceful and entertaining time. Camping and kids activities are also well integrated into Solfest.

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