About Rahus

Rahus (raw-hoos), n. Ra, from the Egyptian god of the Sun; and hus, the Norwegian word for house. Literally ‘Sun House’. In the logo, the red ball represents the solar disk, a symbol of Ra. The thin black line represents the roofline of a house.

Founded in 1998, The Rahus Institute is a 501c3 non-profit, research and educational organization with a focus on resource efficiency. The primary goal of The Rahus Institute is to accelerate the implementation of resource efficient technologies and practices through research, development, demonstration, education and policy change. The Institute is currently developing projects that aim to promote the use of renewable energy in California.

Solutions for a Sustainable World: This sums up what we are striving for — to help create a better world to live in — through the use of clean technology and intelligent implementation.

Founded in 1998, The Rahus Institute is governed by a board of directors and based in Sebastopol, California.


Tor Allen


A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tor has more than 25 years of experience in the renewable energy field including: design, research, marketing, program and policy development, installation work, and teaching.

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