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

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
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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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