Real Goods Solar Selected to Expand Solar Adoption in Select Massachusetts Communities

Real Goods Solar Selected to Expand Solar Adoption in Select Massachusetts

LOUISVILLE, Colo., May 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Real Goods Solar, Inc.
(Nasdaq:RSOL), a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for
residential, commercial, and utility customers, has been selected as a 2013
Solarize Mass Installer by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and
the Green Communities Division of the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
to bring solar electricity to home and business owners in Massachusetts
through the Solarize Mass program.

In partnership with MassCEC, Real Goods Solar will work with Solarize Mass
Community Solar Coaches to implement the Solarize Mass program in the
Massachusetts communities of Northampton, Lee and Williamstown.

Solarize programs are designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and
further reduce the overall cost of solar power. The program offers residents
and businesses discounted pricing for solar through tiered community-based
incentives. As more members of a particular community participate, greater
savings can be enjoyed by all.

"We've realized great success with previous Solarize programs, and we expect
this one to be even stronger," said Real Goods Solar CEO Kam Mofid. "Through
the 2011 Solarize Mass Pilot program, Real Goods Solar helped Hatfield and
Winchester Massachusetts collectively achieve more than 200 kilowatts of solar
power capacity. We were also able to more than double the amount of solar in
Portland, Connecticut by installing more than 342 kilowatts through the
Solarize Connecticut pilot program.

"Given the strong economic and environmental benefits, we anticipate strong
participation with Solarize Mass, particularly in the designated 'Green
Communities' of Northampton and Williamstown, and in the town of Lee, where
dozens of homeowners have already asked about how they can reduce their
electric bills through the program."

In April 2013, as part of the effort to reach Governor Patrick's goal of 250
megawatts of solar power installed by 2017, Massachusetts Energy and
Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. announced that MassCEC
and the Department of Energy Resources had selected the cities and towns of
Bourne, Brookline, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Lee, Medford, Medway, Newton,
Northampton and Williamstown to participate in the first round of the 2013
Solarize Mass program. As a result of the Solarize Mass program and other
incentives, the state is close to reaching its goal – 243 megawatts of solar
electricity installed to date or the equivalent of powering 38,000 homes for a

According to MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton: "This program brings together
residents, local and state officials, and solar industry workers to form a
truly grassroots effort. With everyone at the table, we can spread the word
about the economic and environmental benefits of solar power across 10

The Solarize Mass programs in Lee, Williamstown and Northampton will run
through the summer. Home and business owners will have until September 30,
2013 to signup and lock in their savings.

About Solarize Mass
Solarize Mass, which is a partnership between MassCEC and DOER's Green
Communities Division, is a grassroots model that encourages the adoption of
small scale solar projects. Follow the Twitter hash tag #SolarizeMass for more
information, or 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

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that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may be identified by
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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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