Real Goods Solar to Deliver Solar Power Systems to City of El Cerrito

Real Goods Solar to Deliver Solar Power Systems to City of El Cerrito

Secured by the Company's RGS Energy Division, Installations Help City of El
Cerrito to Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RGS Energy, the
commercial and utility division of Real Goods Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:RSOL), a
nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential,
commercial, and utility customers, has been engaged by the City of El Cerrito,
CA to design and install 336 kW of solar power at several municipal locations.

The project involves the installation of more than 1,200 panels on several
rooftops and solar carport structures at the city's community center, public
safety building, recycling center, and fire station.

The installation supports the efforts of the Small Cities Climate Action
Partnership (ScCAP), a collaboration of the cities of El Cerrito, Albany,
Piedmont and San Pablo to implement clean energy improvements and other
climate protection efforts in their communities.

"El Cerrito is committed to the natural environment and sustainability," said
Greg Lyman, Mayor of El Cerrito. "Installing solar panels on city facilities
achieves these goals with clean energy and support of our economy while saving
the city money."

The combined solar energy capacity of these installations is expected to
offset approximately 127 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, or about
5% of annual greenhouse gas emissions from municipal operations.

According to RGS Energy General Manager Tim Seamans: "The City of El Cerrito
represents a shining example for other American cities to follow in how they
have proactively embraced renewable energy solutions to save money and reduce
pollution. These projects represent a clear win-win for the city and the
environment. We are confident that solar will be embraced by more and more
cities across the country."

About the City of El Cerrito, CA

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the City of El Cerrito is an
established community of approximately 24,000 residents with numerous parks
and open space, a commercial corridor and easy access to transportation. The
City of El Cerrito serves, leads and supportsits diverse community by
providing exemplary and innovative services, public places and infrastructure,
ensuring public safety and creating an economically and environmentally
sustainable future. To see how, visit

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
RealGoodsSolar.comor, or call (888) 507-2561.

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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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