Real Goods Solar Launches PowerOn Series, Taking the Guesswork Out of Purchasing Residential Solar Systems

Real Goods Solar Launches PowerOn Series, Taking the Guesswork Out of Purchasing Residential Solar Systems  PowerOn Offers Pre-Packaged, Professionally Engineered Cash Solar Systems Starting at Under $6,000  LOUISVILLE, Colo., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, launched its PowerOn series – a selection of house-ready solar kits for customers who are interested in purchasing low-cost, high value solar at a very clear published price and with complete peace of mind.  "PowerOn makes converting to solar energy easier than ever with pre-packaged, professionally designed residential systems starting at less than $6,000," said Real Goods Solar CEO Kam Mofid. "These convenient solutions are part of Real Goods Solar's vision and commitment to bring solar to the mainstream by continuously improving upon the economic benefits of going solar for our customers."  Real Goods Solar continues to offer a comprehensive range of leasing and financing choices for those customers who wish to have a solar system with little to no money down. "The deployment of solar financing solutions has been a great growth driver in residential solar and will continue to be a very attractive path for many to benefit from this 100% clean renewable energy source," continued Mofid. "At the same time, it is important to have an excellent value proposition for those who wish to own the asset from day one and get maximum benefits over the life of the system – this is precisely what PowerOn will do."  PowerOn packages feature high-quality equipment, full system warranties, professional site inspection, complete installation by a licensed professional, public utility review and interconnection. The five available options range from 1.5 to 9 kilowatts rooftop installations. PowerOn is designed for homes with standard roofing types and sufficient east, south and/or west-facing roof space.  "As consumers look for ways to save and reduce their expenses and embrace the emerging distributed generation model of self-sufficiency coupled with environmental stewardship, we will be there to support their requirements and exceed their expectations," said Troy Pittock, vice president of residential sales and marketing. "With PowerOn's clear and transparent pricing and excellent cost and performance attributes, Real Goods Solar continues to help more Americans achieve maximum benefits from going solar."  About Real Goods Solar, Inc. Real Goods Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:RSOL) is the nation's pioneer in delivering commercial, residential and utility turn-key solar energy solutions. Beginning with the very first photovoltaic panel sold in the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 14,500 solar power systems representing more than 100 megawatts of clean energy. As one of the nation's largest and most experienced solar power installers, the company has 15 offices across the West and the Northeast. Real Goods Solar makes it easy 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. For more information about Real Goods Solar, go to RealGoodsSolar.com or call (888) 507-2561. Follow us on Twitter @realgoodssolar and join us on Facebook at facebook.com/RealGoodsSolar.  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 statements.  CONTACT: Media and Investor Relations Contact:          Ron Both          Liolios Group, Inc.          Tel (949) 574-3860          RSOL@liolios.com  Real Goods Solar, Inc. Logo  
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