Real Goods Solar to Power 18 Stockton Unified School District Schools and Facilities with Solar Energy

Real Goods Solar to Power 18 Stockton Unified School District Schools and
Facilities with Solar Energy

5.1 MW Project Expected to Save School District $600,000 in Energy Costs in
First Year Alone

LOUISVILLE, Colo., April 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RGS Energy, the
commercial and utility division of Real Goods Solar, Inc (Nasdaq:RSOL), and
Smart Energy Capital (SEC), will provide Stockton Unified School District
(SUSD) with 5.1 megawatts (MW) of solar power that will bring clean energy to
18 SUSD schools and facilities in California. The solar installations are
expected to save the district $600,000 in the first year, which will directly
benefit school programs and services district wide.

The systems will allow the district to pay less for solar electricity over the
course of the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), provided by SEC, a
leading solar development and finance company. Moreover, the photovoltaic
solar systems will deliver environmental benefits to the region, eliminating
over 290 million pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions, which is the
equivalent of taking roughly 1,000 cars off California's roads each year
(according to the EPA calculator).

"Going solar provides an exceptional real-world learning opportunity by
reducing energy costs to free up funds that can be used to improve educational
facilities and launch new learning programs for students," said SUSD
Superintendent Dr. Steve Lowder. "We are proud to invest in renewable energy
and set an example of environmental leadership."

SUSD, by working with RGS Energy and SEC, is now able to go solar with no
upfront cost and pay less for solar electricity than they currently pay for
utility power. RGS Energy, which has operations centers in numerous states,
including California, will be responsible for construction, maintenance and
monitoring of the systems.

Stockton Unified will join school districts across the state in benefiting
from California's Net Metering policy, which credits solar customers for the
surplus clean energy their systems send to the grid. The SUSD solar project
will provide clean electricity for use by the schools during the day, and
reduce the need for expensive peak power utility production.

"We have successfully deployed solar energy systems at many schools and
academic institutions and are always impressed by the great value proposition
that solar brings to the educational sector in particular," said Real Goods
Solar CEO, Kam Mofid. "RGS Energy is delighted to help the Stockton Unified
School District achieve its goals of fiscal responsibility, educational
excellence and environmental stewardship."

The project is comprised of more than 17,000 solar panels that will sit atop
parking lot carports on the campuses, including the district's four
comprehensive high schools. Providing both shade and solar power, these
installations will also afford students with firsthand demonstrations of how
solar technology works, and of solar energy's benefits to the classroom, where
students can view the school's real-time energy production through online

RGS Energy, who has designed and installed nearly 50 MW of solar power on
schools, universities and colleges across the nation, expects to complete
theproject - valued at approximately $20 million - in 2013 and 2014.

About Stockton Unified School District
Stockton Unified School District, headquartered in Stockton, California, is
made up of elementary, high and specialty schools that service the majority of
Stockton students.

About Smart Energy Capital
Smart Energy Capital, LLC ( ) is a leader in the
financing and development of solar energy projects for commercial, government
and utility customers. The Company manages the development, financing,
installation and operations of distributed power plants throughout the United
States. The Company maintains extensive relationships with a wide range of
lenders and investors.

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, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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