Real Goods Solar Launches, Offering Cost-Savings Solutions for Homeowners and Businesses Looking to 'Go

Real Goods Solar Launches, Offering Cost-Savings Solutions
for Homeowners and Businesses Looking to 'Go Green'

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Feb. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for
residential, commercial, and utility customers, has launched, a new online store offering the latest in solar power and
environmentally-friendly solutions for both home and business.

The site can be accessed via the company's main website at
or directly at features a wide range of
solar kits and components, from personal solar power and off-grid solar kits,
to full-scale turnkey solutions for large homes and small-to-medium sized
commercial operations. Online shoppers can also access a range of sustainable
living products, including solar-powered water systems for garden and
agricultural use, energy-efficient and off-grid lighting, tools and
appliances, as well as a unique selection of eco-friendly home maintenance
products and supplies.

The site is also an essential resource for consumers seeking helpful
information and education regarding the use of solar power and 'going green,'
with a collection of reference books across a range of categories, from green
and healthy lifestyles to renewable energy and how-to solar construction

"Our new website builds upon our 35-year legacy of empowering consumers and
business owners to reduce their energy costs and shrink their carbon
footprint," said John Schaeffer, who founded Real Goods in 1978 and is now
leading the company's growth initiatives in e-commerce sales, retail and
distribution. "The site returns us to our roots of connecting consumers
directly with a range of environmental products we've evaluated, and therefore
can support and endorse. It expands upon our motto that 'Education and
Knowledge are our Most Important Products.'"

Real Goods Solar sold the very first solar modules in the U.S. in 1978. In the
early years, prior to the company becoming a leading national solar player,
Real Goods was engaged in grassroots efforts to bring solar and other
environmental products directly to consumers via its brick-and-mortar stores
and its popular Real Goods Catalog, with more than30 million catalogs
distributed in the Western Hemisphere. The catalog, a successor to the Whole
Earth Catalog, quickly became the 'bible' for a new generation of consumers
looking for self-sustaining and renewable energy solutions in the face of the
emerging global energy crisis. builds on this rich history
and tradition.

Over the course of the year, the company plans to further build out with a greater selection of solar lifestyle products and
helpful information. This includes adding informative videos produced at the
company's world-renowned Solar Living Center, a 12-acre solar and ecological
demonstration site and educational facility. The center was named as one of
Northern California's premier tourist sites by the American Automobile
Association and other regional tour guides. will also serve as referral source to the company's solar
residential and commercial business units, which have installed more than 100
megawatts of solar power since their inception.

"We believe we are the only solar company in the country with more than three
decades of continued commitment to solar living and delivering the grass roots
environmental education that supports it," noted Real Goods Solar CEO Kam
Mofid. "The formation of our new e-commerce business unit and introduction of
this new website complement our existing growth strategies by tapping the
power and reach of the Internet, and the soaring growth of e-commerce."

About Real Goods Solar and RGS Energy

Real Goods Solar, Inc. (RSOL) is one of the nation's pioneering solar energy
companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers. Beginning
with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold in the U.S. in 1978, the
company has installed more than 14,500 solar power systems representing over
100 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. Real Goods Solar makes it very
convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing a
comprehensive solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and
installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support. As one of the
nation's largest and most experienced solar power players, the company has 15
offices across the West and the Northeast. It services the commercial and
utility markets through its RGS Energy division. For more information, visit or, or call (888)507-2561.

The Real Goods Solar, Inc. logo is available at

This press release includes forward-looking statements relating to matters
that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may be identified by
the use of words such as "expect," "intend," "believe," "will," "should" or
comparable terminology or by discussions of strategy. While Real Goods Solar
believes its assumptions and expectations underlying forward-looking
statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that actual results will
not be materially different. Risks and uncertainties that could cause
materially different results include, among others, introduction of new
products and services, completion and integration of acquisitions, the
possibility of negative economic conditions, and other risks and uncertainties
included in Real Goods Solar's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Real Goods Solar assumes no duty to update any forward-looking

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