Real Goods Solar Delivers Solar Power Systems to Four Stop & Shop Stores in New York

Real Goods Solar Delivers Solar Power Systems to Four Stop & Shop Stores in
New York

Secured by the Company's RGS Energy Division, Installations Support
Supermarkets' Renewable Energy Goals

LOUISVILLE, Colo., May 2, 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 completed the installation of solar power systems at
four Stop & Shop grocery stores in New York. These installations bring the
total number of Stop & Shop stores with RGS Energy installed solar power
systems to 32 in the Northeast.

There are an additional six stores with solar power projects underway in New
York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, which RGS Energy expects to complete in
2013. These additional installations would bring the total number of Stop &
Shop stores with RGS Energy installed solar power systems to 38, representing
a total of eight megawatts of solar power.

"Stop & Shop's commitment to renewable energy and sustainability goals have
made it one of the greenest grocery store chains today," said Kam Mofid, CEO
of Real Goods Solar. "The funding for these projects was made possible in part
by programs like Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative, which is driving the
installation of solar PV systems across the state. Going solar provides
commercial businesses economic benefits, as well as supports job growth and
has a positive impact on the environment."

Stop & Shop's total solar presence is estimated to produce approximately 8.4
million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually. This is the equivalent
of reducing 6,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the
emissions of 1,273 cars or powering more than 730 homes yearly (according to
the EPA calculator).

"These solar installations demonstrate Stop & Shop's commitment since 2008 to
reducing our carbon footprint by 20% by 2015," said Arlene Putterman, manager
of public and community relations for Stop & Shop's New York Metro Division.
"By choosing solar energy, Stop & Shop is demonstrating that it's possible to
consume this energy while supporting clean energy technologies and being a
good corporate citizen. This initiative is part of Stop & Shop's Responsible
Retailing commitment and the promise to be a better neighbor by caring for the
environment and the communities we serve."

These latest installations also reflect how the combination of new solar
financing options, state and federal incentives, and declining system costs
are making it easier for Northeast and New England homeowners and businesses
to embrace solar energy. With solar energy becoming more affordable in the
region, Real Goods Solar announced in February a major expansion of its
presence in New York, including Long Island and New York City.

About Stop & Shop

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 63,000
associates and operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The
company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer
and promote general health and wellness - with emphasis on children's
educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable
company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's
Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its
existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy
management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about
Stop & Shop, 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 or, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Forward-looking Statements

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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