Now there’s one more reason to vacation in Northern California with its gorgeous redwoods, rolling vineyards and beautiful coastal communities – SolFest, the Solar & Good Living Festival, August 24 – 25. SolFest is a two day celebration at the one-of-a-kind, 12-acre Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland on Highway 101 on the way to Mendocino and almost next door to the world famous Fetzer Vineyards. Fetzer uses ecological processes in making their popular wines and incorporates solar energy to help power their facility.HOPLAND, California, July 8, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The 7th annual SolFest , celebrating Renewable Energy and sustainability, benefits the non-profit Real Goods Solar Living Institute which offers workshops year round. The grounds include 12 acres of lush gardens, ponds, straw bale and eco-friendly buildings and Renewable Energy systems. SolFest presents over 50 workshops, 100 unique and educational exhibitors, activities to inspire children and live music On August 24, the keynote speaker is Paul Hawken, founder of Smith and Hawken and author of “Natural Capitalism” and the classic book and PBS series, “Growing a Business” and “The Ecology of Commerce.” On August 25, the keynote speaker is S. David Freeman, Chairman of the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority and energy advisor to California Governor Gray Davis. Other speakers at SolFest include Amy Goodman, host of public radio’s Democracy Now, actor Ed Begley Jr., a long-time environmental activist, and actress Shelley Duvall, Chairman of Ecology Communications, Inc. (ECI) and producer of a new pilot video entitled “Greenliving.” SolFest also includes workshops that teach people how to bring solar living into their homes, activities for children, live music and displays by organizations such as the California Fuel Cell Partnership, whose members include General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Pacific Gas & Electric, BP, and Ballard Hydrogen. “We expect a great turnout at SolFest this year,” said John Schaeffer, founder of SolFest and president of the board of directors of the Solar Living Institute. “Solar energy has never made more sense for our country and for people’s pocketbooks.” According to a recent study conducted by the CEC, more than 50 percent of California homeowners surveyed would be willing to pay more for a home already equipped with solar or wind technology. This survey also found that 60 percent of homeowners would be more interested in a home that has a Renewable Energy system already installed versus a home that does not.